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Publication Date: February 14, 2006
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Volume: 102 No.71

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Prisoner now

on hunger strike

for ten days

Man dies after being shot in the head

SChief Reporter
FFAMILY and friends of a
prison inmate on death row are
concerned for his health as they
watch him refuse food to avoid
what he thinks is an attempt on
his life.
Ashley Newbold, charged
with the murder of 601 night
club manager Joy Cartwright,
has gone on a hunger strike at
Her Majesty's Prison.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Newbold's lawyer
Michael Hanna said that his
client has been refusing food
for the past10 days.
S.Newbold was initially con-
victed of the murder of Ms
Cartwright in 2002. However,
the Court of Appeal overturned
the ruling in June 2004 and
ordered a retrial.
Mr Hanna explained that his
client is refusing food on the
basis that he fears it might be
poisoned in an attempt to kill
He said that although he does
not know if Newbold is still
drinking the water given to him,
he knows that Newbold's health
has started to deteriorate.
Mr Hanna said he has been
trying to schedule a visit with
his client since last week. How-
ever, prison authorities have
made this difficult, he claimed.
"I went to the prison in the
cold and the rain only to be told
all sorts of excuses. I had a
meeting set for last Friday at
3.30pm with the superintendent,

but when I went to meet with
him on Friday he was gone. He
was not there," he said.
Mr Hanna said he thinks that
if his client were to be moved to
the medium security section, he
would feel safer.
He added that as long as
Newbold remains on death row,
he will continue with his hunger
National Security Permanent
Secretary Mark Wilson told The
Tribune that he is aware of the
situation, but does not think
that Newbold's life is in danger.
He also said that he doubts
that Newbold's refusal of food
has anything to do with a threat
on his life.
"I think he is starving him-
self for a specific purpose. I
don't think that I am at liberty
to divulge that purpose, but he
has an objective in mind and he
has communicated to prison
authorities that he is refusing
food with that objective as an
end view," Mr Wilson said.
He further said that the
prison continues to offer food to
Newbold on a daily basis.
"I don't think we are in any
legal peril in that regard in that
we provide him the food. The
routine of the prison would
show as a matter of record that
he was provided with food," he
Mr Wilson said that Her
Majesty's Prison has never had
a case where an inmate starved
himself to death.
SEE page nine

* THE body of a man in his mid-30s was found in Hutchinson Street yesterday at 7pm. The man, who is described as medium built
and of dark complexion, was shot in the left side of face. He was a passenger in a Ford F150 pick-up truck, licence T-1535. His body
lay in the middle of the road just by the passenger door. Police believe that the man was having an argument with another
individual, after which a gun was produced and shots were fired. One person is in custody assisting police with their inquiries, and
police have confiscated a shotgun and a handgun. Police say they are concerned at the number of conflicts that have ended in such
violent ways, and at the number of firearms in the public domain.
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US Customs


to inspect


Tribune Freeport Reporter
sador John Rood announced
plans to station US Customs
and Border Protection person-
nel to inspect shipping contain-
ers in Freeport as part of its
ongoing law enforcement and
security cooperation between
the United States and the
He said US personnel will
work with Bahamian authori-
ties to identify and inspect ship-
ping containers, examining, and
SEE page nine

Ritz-Carlton to
build hotel on
Rose Island
LENDING its own brand of
exclusiveness and sophistication
to the Bahamas, executives of
the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Compa-.
ny yesterday announced plans
for the construction of a multi-
million dollar five-star luxury
hotel and resort on Rose Island.
Ezzat Coutry, Senior Vice
president of the Ritz Carlton
Hotel Company told those
attending the signing of the
Heads of Agreement yesterday
that the Ritz-Carlton Compa-
ny is very selective on where it
adds its brand.
"Every site, every project,
must fulfil a long list of require-
ments before we agree to lend
our name", Mr Coutry stated.
SEE page nine

Gas prices

likely to

reach $5

Tribune Staff Reporter
INDUSTRY experts warn
that with the next shipment of
oil coming to the Bahamas,
motorists can expect to see the
price of fuel jump once again.
Gasoline prices currently hov-
er around $4.00 a gallon but are
likely to jump by $1.00 to reach
its new high of $5.00 a gallon in
New Providence.
Speaking to The Tribune yes-
terday Minister of Trade and
Industry Leslie Miller issued
this warning to motorists,
although he has just signed a
$0.06 cent decrease on the price
of a gallon of gasoline.
SEE page nine


Registrar General
staff walk out
tled workers at the Registrar
General's Department staged
a sit-out on Monday to protest
unacceptable working condi-
tions of its present offices in
the Regent Centre.
SEE page two

Activists press for
Fox Hill reform
LAWYERS and human
rights activists Fayne Thomp-
son and Paul Moss warned
government officials yesterday
to improve conditions at Her
Majesty's Prison or risk fac-
ing more catastrophic events
in the future.
SEE page six

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The west must now listen to

the moderate voices of Islam

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AFTER centuries of bloodlet-,
ting, including two wars which
enveloped much of the world, the
nations of Western Europe finally dis-
covered that there was a better way.
It dawned on them that, in the words
of Britain's war-time leader Winston
Churchill, "It is better to jaw-jaw than
Still, some who today guide the des-
tiny of humanity seem not to have
learned that lesson. The ancient but
failed policy of demonising then seeking
to destroy one's enemy is still being
enthusiastically practised in the early
years of the twenty-first century.
If more enlightened leadership -
political and religious does not quick-
ly emerge in both the West and the
East, then the sad history of slaughter
will continue.
The depth of the divide between the
West and the Islamic world has been
convincingly demonstrated by the wave
of violent demonstrations taking place
in the wake of the publication of car-
toons denigrating the Muslim Prophet
The crisis has been brewing for sev-
eral months, having started in Septem-
ber, 2005, with the publication of the
cartoons in a Danish newspaper. This
event in a relatively small European
nation of five million set off diplomatic
skirmishes, including protests from Mus-
lim countries and recall of ambassadors.
The Danish newspaper apologised in
late January, 2006, but in February the
offensive cartoons were published in
France, Germany, Italy and Spain. This
was followed by sustained and increas-
ingly violent street demonstrations in
Muslim countries as well as some Euro-
pean cities with sizeable Muslim popu-
lations. There has been loss of life,
destruction of property and economic

It is not easy for some western
minds to understand the outrage
of Muslims at having their prophet
depicted as a terrorist or a sexual per-
vert. After all, the Christian churches in
Europe are mostly empty and in the
West's mass media religious symbols
are regularly and obscenely caricatured
and ridiculed. Even here in the
Bahamas. %\here church attendance is
high, few eyebrows are raised these days
as loud obscenities are punctuated with
the name of the Redeemer.
Some Muslims believe that it is wrong
to depict the prophet at all in any kind
of art. Others do not object to the rev-





erent depiction of Muhammad, and
both Christian and Muslim artists have
done that.
Christian animosity towards Muslims
has been demonstrated throughout the
centuries from the Crusades to the war
on terror which many Muslims see as a
new crusade. This impression was vali-
dated when US President George Bush
unfortunately referred to it as just that
- a crusade.
In his classic poem The Inferno, the
best know of his trilogy The Divine
Comedy, Dante Alighieri places
Muhammad in the eighth circle of Hell
with his belly ripped open and his
entrails exposed. This was Dante's pun-
ishment for one he called the Sower of
Discord. There are a number of paint-
ings and drawings-by'Christian artists
representing this scene.
Many of today's Christians are as
intolerant of Islam as Dante, and some
misguided fundamentalists seem to be
itching for an armed showdown
between Christ and Muhammad.
So the demonstrations are not only

Christian animosity towards Muslims
has been demonstrated throughout the
centuries from the Crusades to the war
on terror which many Muslims see as a
new crusade. This impression was
validated when US President George
Bush unfortunately referred to it as just
that a crusade.

The administration of President
Bush, with the connivance'of a
captive and spineless mass media,
may be able to convince many
Americans that it is all about
spreading democracy and freedom in
the Middle East but the Arabs and
Iranians do not believe that.

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about cartoons of the prophet, however
distasteful. Muslims see the cartoons as
just another manifestation of the West-
's historic contempt and hostility
towards them.

ome historians argue that Mus-
lims have been generally more
tolerant than Christians. They point to
the legendary chivalry of the great Mus-
lim warrior Saladin and his willingness
to make peace with the crusader King
Richard of England; the Ottoman
Empire, which included parts of Europe
and was comparatively tolerant of both
Christians and Jews; and the fact that up
until the creation of the state of Israel in
1948 more than a million Jews lived in
Muslim countries and were allowed to
practise their religion in peace.
There can be no doubt that today
there is a great struggle within Islam
between moderates and fanatical fun-
damentalists; between those who want
an Islam of peace, compassion and tol-
erance and those who want an Islam of
violence and oppression.
The West does not help by continuing
its discredited policies, especially in the
Middle East where it has always aggres-
sively pursued its interests, including
religious and cultural dominance, trade
and access to oil.
The one-sided policy favouring Israeli
expansion at the expense of the Pales-
tinians, and the ill-conceived and hope-
lessly bungled invasion and occupation
of Iraq only confirm the worst fears of
Muslims about the;intentions of the
West. It also serves to radicalise young
The administration of President Bush,
with the connivance of a captive and
spineless mass media, may be able to
convince many Americans that it is all
about spreading democracy and free-
dom in the Middle East but the Arabs
and Iranians do not believe that.
The Iranians well remember what
happened when they were working their
own way towards democracy with their
national hero, Dr Mohammad
Dr Mossadegh nationalised the Iran-
ian oil industry, then owned by the
British, and wvas swiftly overthrown by.
the British and the Americans in 1953.
They imposed on Iran the bloody and
corrupt rule of Shah Reza Pahlavi.

In an article in The Guardian of
Britaih on February 8, S'ami
Ramadani, a political exile from Sad-
dam Hussein's Iraq and now a lecturer

at London Metropolitan University, crit-
icises Mr Bush and British Prime Min-
ister Tony Blair for what he calls the
trough of deception and disinformation
about the war.
"In reality," says Mr Ramadani, "the
occupation and divide-and-rule tactics
have spawned death squads, torture,
kidnapping, chemical attacks, pollut-
ed water, depleted uranium, bombard-
ment of civilians, probably more than
100,000 people dead and a relentless
deterioration in Iraqis' daily lives."
The same newspaper on January 12
quotes a senior British officer, Brigadier
Nigel Aylwin-Foster, who criticises US
Army conduct in Iraq and accuses it of
institutional racism. The US Army, says
the Brigadier, "has developed over time-
asingular focus on conventional war-
fare, of a particularly swift and violent
But just last week at the height of the
demonstrations, the British Army was
also presented with its own hearts-and-
minds challenge as the media exposed a
video purporting to show British sol-
diers brutalising a group of Iraqi youths.

T he West would do well now to
listen to moderate Muslim voic-
es before this conflict spreads and deep-
ens. Prime Minister Adbullah Badawi of
Malaysia is an important moderate
According to the BBC's Jonathan
Kent, Mr Badawi is a moderniser who
has been calling on Muslims world-wide
to embrace education, science, technol-
ogy and development,
At an international conference pro-
moting dialogue between Western and
Islamic thinkers, Mr Badawi called on
Islam and the West to stop demonising
one another, to curb extremism and to
promote moderation.
"The demonisation of Islam and the
vilification of Muslims, there is no deny-
ing, is widespread within mainstream
Western society," says Mr Badawi.
Muslims for their part had to avoid
"sweeping denunciations of Christians,
Jews and the West. The West should
treat Islam the way it wants Islam to
treat the West and vice versa. They
should accept one another as equals."
We can only hope and pray that the
right people are listening to Mr Badawi
and that they are willing to talk with
moderate Muslims instead of dropping
bombs. That is the only way to escape
the trap that past injustices has laid for

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Snow storm
affects travel
into the

Tribune Staff Reporter
AIR travel into the Bahamas
has been affected by the severe
winter storm which blanketed
the north-eastern United States
at the weekend, shutting down
several major cities.
The weather left thousands
of'travellers stranded, includ-
ing many who were Bahamas-
bound to escape the blizzards.
Tyrone Sawyer, director of
airlift at the Ministry of
Tourism, told The Tribune
there was very little inconve-
nience for persons leaving Nas-
sau as they were able to get
flights out.
But he said that several flights
had to be cancelled on Sunday,
including those from New York,
Philadelphia, Boston and Wash-
ington. Those passengers, he
said, were forced to wait a day
to travel, but he said things were
expected to return to normal
by today.
A Spirit flight from New
York had to be cancelled and
Saiah Roberts, a supervisor at
Delta, said all flights cancelled
on Sunday were back to nor-
mal by yesterday.
Ed Fields, vice-president of
public relations at Kerzner
International, said the Atlantis
Resort had very few cancella-
"Most people had revised
their travel plans and are com-
ing in a day later," he said.
According to Associated
Press, the weather is the worst
in recent history, causing a
Turkish Airlines flight carrying
198 passengers to skid off the
runway as it landed at JFK air-
port on Sunday morning.
No injuries were reported
and the cause of the incident is
being investigated, AP said.
Throughout the region,
schools were cancelled and
commuters faced long delays.

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on owner

of property

THE vacant lot that caught
fire and burned on Dowdeswell
Street Friday afternoon is
owned by the family of Mrs
Brent Symonette.
Mr Symonette, who was at
the scene of the blaze was quot-
ed iin Saturday's Tribune as say-
ing he did not know who owned
the property. Mr Symonette,
who asked that his statement

be corrected, explained that he
had made the comment about
ownership in jest to a friend.
However, a Tribune reporter,
not realising that he was speak-
ing in jest, quoted him as deny-
ing knowledge of ownership.

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Registrar General staff walk out

Tribune Freeport

tled workers at the Registrar
General's Department staged
a sit-out on Monday to protest
unacceptable working condi-
'tions of its present offices in
the Regent Centre.
Although the sit-out was not
initiated by the union, Bahamas
Public Services Union officials
said government had promised
staff better working quarters
sometime ago.
Financial Services and
Investment Minister Allyson
Maynard Gibson on Grand
Bahama last month had
announced that plans were
underway to move the Regis-
trar General's Department to
more spacious quarters in the
Colina Building.
There are presently five per-

sons on staff at the office in
Freeport. Last October, Joyann
Ferguson-Pratt, a former pros-
ecutor in the Attorney-Gener-
al's Office, was appointed to
replace the deputy registrar
who resigned in November.
When the employees did
not show up for work on Mon-
day, two civil servants from
the Prime Minister's Office
were brought in to assist Mrs
Pratt at the office.
John Curtis, vice president
of the BPSU northern region,'
Anthony Robinson, BPSU
branch chairman, and Wilson
Gray, chief shop steward, met
Mrs Pratt after learning that
staff did not report for work.
"We came over to investi-
gate...and we learnt sometime
ago there was a promise to
staff that they would be moved
into better working quarters
and the same has been ignored
for quite sometime and I

* AN American couple who
were recently married
patiently wait for a certified
copy of their marriage
certificate. Joyann Ferguson
,Pratt is seen standing left.
(Photo: Denise Maycock)
believe that staff left to that
extent," he explained.
Mr Curtis said that there are
insufficient persons employed
at the Freeport office. He
pointed out that some time ago
the office had a staff of 12.
The union official believes
that it is a breach of ethics to
have persons sent in from the
Prime Minister's office to fill in
for absent staff members.
The Tribune contacted Min-
ister Allyson Maynard-Gibson
and Permanent Secretary
Sheila Carey's office for com-
ment, but the'telephone calls
were not returned up to press

Witness claims MP told

him not to go to police

STribune Staff Reporter

Robert Green told the court
yesterday that South Andros
MP Whitney Bastian had told
him not to go to the police
because the "police beat you
and make you lie."
The information was given
to the court yesterday during
the cross-examination of Mr
Green by Michael Kemp, one
of the defence lawyers.
On Monday, jurors in the
murder case of Peter Clark
and the attempted murder of
John Moxey, heard further tes-
timony from Mr Green.
While being crossed-exam-
ined by the defence, the court
was told that Mr Green made
two police statements, one on
May 12th and another on May
23, 2001.
Mr Kemp, one of the
defence lawyers, asked Mr
Green if Whitney Bastian had

told him not to lie.
"Yes," replied Mr Green.
He was then asked why he
did not speak the truth. Mr
Green replied that he was
afraid of the Bastian family.
Defence then asked the wit-
ness where and to whom he
gave second police statement.
Mr Green told the court
that Whitney Bastian took
him to the police station on
May 12.
During Mr Kemp's cross-
examination he asked Mr
Green what made him go to
the police a second time.
He replied that he started
to talk with his brother about
what had happened.
Mr Ducille asked Mr Green
if he had seen John Moxey
and Ellie fighting at Travellers
"Yes," he said.
In earlier testimony, Ellie
was described as a man stand-
ing at the door asking'.them-
for money. i '

Families concerned

about treasure hunt

Tribune Staff Reporter

A GROUP of concerned
family members are rushing
to San Salvador today to
investigate why a foreign com-
pany is excavating their land
Sin the search for the reported
buried treasure of the noto-
rious pirate Henry Morgan.
Representatives of the
Hanna, Major, Butler, Black,
and Rolle families, all descen-
dants of the island, say that
they are furious that the
Watlings Archeological Com-
pany has blocked off the road
that leads to their family
homestead as they are poised
to begin digging in at the sus-
pected site in Fortune Hill.
Family member Wellington
Frances told The Tribune yes-
terday about the historic sig-
nificance of the island.
He explained that Fortune
Hill got its name because it
was the watch point for
pirates who would look for
ships they thought were laden
with gold or other valuables
and then turn off the lights
along the coast.

This would often cause the
boats to run aground,
enabling the pirates to steal
their cargo. It is believed that
this treasure, which is report-
ed to be in the hundreds of
millions of dollars could pos-
sibly be buried in an ancient
cave in Fortune Hill.
The family believes that the
Watlings group is searching for
that hidden treasure, and oth-
er residents claim that a num-
ber of artifacts have already
been removed from the site.
One report states that an
antique canon was removed
from the site along with "a
number" of gold bars how-
ever such reports could not
be confirmed last night.
The families claim that the
company is imposing on pri-
vate property by digging on
their land and by blocking the
Holiday Tract with a chain-
link fence.
The family members say
they are travelling to the
island to "see for themselves"
what is happening, and to talk
to local authorities whom they
claim are aware of what has
already transpired.

Ministry condemns

newspaper report

A RELEASE from the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
yesterday pointed out that The
Nassau Guardian "misunder-
stands the workings of a prop-
erly organised Ministry and
Minister of Foreign Affairs."
This Ministry's statement
was in response to an editori-
al in yesterday's Guardian, in
which an editorial entitled,
"Major League of diploma-
cy", suggested that the recent
incident at the Carmichael
Road Detention Centre and
related events "created a sit-
uation that required The
Bahamas to demonstrate that
it deserves to be in the Major
League of diplomacy" and
were "a matter that required
(the Minister of Foreign
Affairs') personal attention".
The release said that in the
21st century, whoever the
Minister of Foreign Affairs
happened to be in the service
of the country, the infrastruc-

ture of the Ministry travels
with him.
"The fact of physical
absence from New Provi-
dence does not stop the work
of the Minister, nor the Min-
istry, which goes on," the
release added.
"As also indicated by the
Prime Minister, during the
trip of the delegation to
Trinidad, the Minister was in
constant contact with US offi-
cials in Nassau and in Wash-
ington; with Bahamian offi-
cials in Miami and in Wash-
ington, representing the coun-
try and generally doing the
same things which would have
been done had he been at his
desk in Nassau. Further, the
editorialists at The Nassau
Guardian can properly be
expected to know that a Min-
ister of Foreign Affairs does
not choose whether or not he
is part of a Prime Minister's
delegation," the release said.

Mr Green was asked if he
saw John doing anything to
Ellie. Yes, he said, they had
started to "punch one another
He also told the court that
Raymond Hepburn "bust"
John in the head with a bottle.
He was then asked if he saw
John attack Neil Prosper. He
again replied: "No, sir."
The men accused of the
murder of Peter Clarke are
Don Bastian, son of Whitney
Bastian, Derek Bastian, Ray-
mond Hepburn, Neil Prosper,
Jerome Bastian and Jeffrey
The men are also charged
with the attempted murder of
John Moxey.
It is alleged that they caused
the death of Clark and
attempted to murder Moxey
during an altercation outside
Travellers Rest restaurant in
Mangrove Cay, Andros.
-Court was adjourned to
11am today.

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LNG contract awaits govt. signature

A NEW Parliament, the first in the four-
year administration of Prime Minister Perry
Christie, will open tomorrow. It will be a day
when the Speech from the Throne will be read
outlining government's plans for the final year
of its present term.
Hopefully, all matters that have been cliff-
hanging for cabinet decisions will be dealt with
in tomorrow's speech, among them govern-
ment's policy on the establishment of two liq-
uefied natural gas regasification plants one
at Ocean Cay and the other at Grand Bahama.
It would be the best of all possible worlds if
man could exist without the need for gasoline,
diesel fuel or propane gas. But as this is not pos-
sible, it is best to accept that Bahamians should
opt for the fuel that offers the least threat to our
security and environment. We accept that all
fuels are dangerous, especially those that we
now use daily.
It is also agreed that LNG is also potential-
ly dangerous, but in the words of Health Min-
ister Dr Marcus Bethel, who heads the BEST
commission, "in general, LNG is a safer and
more environmentally-friendly fuel than gaso-
line, diesel fuel or propane we currently use on
a daily basis." At a recent town meeting, Dr
Bethel went even further, commenting that an
LNG plant is safer than the corner gas station.
"Under strictly controlled conditions," said
Dr Bethel, "a LNG regasification plant is con-
sidered an acceptable environmental risk for
the Bahamas.
"This safety element," he said, "is enhanced
when such a plant is located on an isolated
industrial cay such as Ocean Cay which is more
than seven miles from the nearest residents on
Cat Cay."
But, despite AES Corporation fulfilling all
the conditions required of it by the Ingraham
government with the assurance that their appli-
cation would be granted, the Christie govern-
ment is yet to decide the matter.
In June, 2001, AES Corporation purchased
Marcona Ocean Industries sand mining busi-
ness at Ocean Cay intending to transform it
into a base from which to pump liquefied gas to
South Florida.
It approached the Ingraham government
with the proposal, which was agreed in princi-
ple provided AES met all conditions, environ-
mental and otherwise, required by the Bahamas
and US regulatory agencies, federal, state and
The Bahamas Environmental Science and
Technology Commission, after lengthy envi-

ronmental studies, approved the venture two
years ago, and presented its findings to cabinet
for final approval. The US Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission and the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection, also
investigated and found the project acceptable.
In the meantime, before the environmental
reports could be completed, the Ingraham gov-
ernment in May, 2002 was replaced by the
Christie government to whom, on completion,
all the reports were submitted. However, noth-
ing can go forward without the prime minister's
So far from June, 2001 to the present -
AES has spent $65 million to maintain the
increasingly "expensive" project.
So far everything is going out, nothing is
coming in.
While waiting the company has spent $3.5
million in an environmental clean up of the
island as required by the BEST Commission. It
even paid the $600,000 stamp tax to bring in the
environmental vessels requested by BEST to
do an environmental study for government
and establish an environmental baseline.
While AES waits word from government it
has to pay fees to hold real estate in Dania Beach
and maintain its agreements in Broward and the
City of Hollywood for the location of pipelines.
In fact AES is paying $250,000 a month for real:
estate it is not using just to maintain Ocean.Cay.
It is also paying another $74,000 a month for
labour, insurance, fuel and other expenses for
the upkeep of Ocean Cay.
In the meantime AES has lost some of its
committed suppliers and partners in the project
- a Spanish company was both supplier and
partner, and an Italian company was a partner,
importing supplies from Nigeria.
After the closing of Grand Bahama's Royal
Oasis and the consequent lay-off of staff, AES's
agreement with government was reopened to
secure financial assurances for Bahamian staff
in case of future lay-offs. The Attorney Gen-
eral's office drafted the changes in the docu-
ment, which was approved by a government
appointed ad hoc committee.
The new document was resolved to the sat-
isfaction of both sides in February last y .
Since then total silence.
A completed contract just awaiting e
prime minister's signature.
Let's hope that in tomorrow's TIhrone
Speech Prime Minister Christie will see the
importance of giving an accounting of his gt;-
ernment's handling of this important project.

Are Chinese

planning to

take over?

EDITOR, The Tribune
ABOUT two years ago, I
watched with interest a caucus
ofAmerican Senators grill Alan
Greenspan, outgoing Chairman
of the Federal Reserve, exten-
sively about the United States'
plan to counteract the growing
Chinese threat to their econo-
my. One Senator said that, "at
the current growth rates of Chi-
na and the United States, China
was well on its way to becoming
the most powerful country in
the world (economically and
militarily) within 20 years!"
And he wanted to know:
1) How could Mr Greenspan
let it happen? and
2) What was in place to keep
the Big Red Machine at bay?
I guess this was part of the
reason I started to take a good
look at what was going on
around us. Over the last three
to five years, there seems to
have been an explosion of Chi-
nese nationals and Chinese
businesses on the island, partic-
ularly in the Wulff Road area. I
took a drive from Farrington
Road straight up to Village
Road and counted some 12
businesses that were obviously
owned by the Chinese. But of
more importance is the fact that
these persons own the buildings
they occupy and of even more
importance, they own the land
on which the buildings reside.
But the most activity has been
between the Annex Baptist
Church and the Village Road
It was interesting that my
findings began with the new
Chinese foodstore and restau-
rant on Farrington Road (for-
merly Carroll'- food store) and
ends with the Chinese Embassy,
through the corner across from
Best Buy Furniture. And I
might add that Wulff Road is
only one road. One only has to
take a drive through the Grove
area and have a similar experi-
ence on a number of other
Now I know that Chinese
people are enterprising and dis-
ciplined, but this sudden explo-
sion is odd and unsettling. It is
unsettling because it is happen-
ing around the same timen that
China is flexing its muscles
around the world. Is China
funding local Chinese individ-
uals to purchase land and own
businesses? And if so, for what
purpose? We already see what
looks like a corridor of Chinese
businesses and land ownership,
but to what end?
Now to those who may say
that this is probably just a coin-

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cidence, I would say think again.
One only has to look around
and see that Chinese individuals
all know and commune with
each other on a regular basis.
One Chinese person would be
behind'the counter of a book-
store, then tomorrow behind
the counter of a Chinese restau-
Chinese people have not for-
gotten their language or their
customs. They seldom marry
outside of their race and stick to
themselves. And with their
growing numbers, are they
becoming a country within a
country? It's not long now
before we have a string of Chi-
na Towns on our string of
islands. And what are they
doing with the collective power
they have? Are they using their
substantial economic power in
the Bahamas for good?
In regard to our governmen-
t's policies (or lack of) on Chi-
nese involvement and integra-
tion into the Bahamian main-
stream, I asked myself: "How
many Chinese can fit into the
Bahamas"? 50,000, 30,000,000
or 3.75 million? I am deeply
concerned that the Government
has aligned itself with the Chi-
nese in a strange and danger-
ous way:
I was shocked when the Chi-
nese government first offered
the $50,000 to paint the Kendal
Isaacs Gym. Then imagine the
further shock to hear that they
offered to build us a stadium
northh $30.000.000. But I'm not
sure "hat surprised me more.
the fact that the\ offered, or
that we accepted. And now
there's the new $3.75 million
which our government has
again accepted. (And I find it
strange that in light of the
recent hurricane devastation in
Grand.Bahama that they don't
yet quite know what is to be
done with this 'gift').
The illegal Chinese issue is
another disgraceful situation.
(One of so many in which we
find ourselves in ol ed). A
member of the Opposition has
made accusations about the
smuggling of Chinese into the
country and not a word about
that has been uttered since. Has
there been any investigation
into the accusation? And to the
shame of the Opposition there
has been no follow-up. Last
year, (or year before last) the
government had one of its
roundups and netted some 22
,Chinese persons in a single raid.
Haitians can hide, but 22 Chi-
Chinese cannot hide and I'm
convinced that they are not try-
ing to because they feel safe in
their questionable status. There
are some Chinese establish-
ments that I walk into and lit-
erally see a different Chinese
national every time. I heard a
police officer relate a story of a
jet that landed at Millionaire
Airport and a number of Chi-
nese nationals disembarked
who looked to him more like
refugees and less like diplomats
or businessmen. It was alleged
that a minister of government

was called along with other law
enforcement officials ard at tlj
end of the day, they were simply
allowed to come into the,
It would appear that our got-
ernment is aligning itself witA
a government that is still prol-
ably under sanctions for humpa
rights violations amongst other
atrocities. And what is so frigb.
ening is that we call ourselves'a
Christian nation and open qtlr
doors, our economics, our lalk
to a country that is one of the
most notorious for discrimina-
tion against and persecution of
the Christian Church. We hay9
to also consider the possibility
that Chinese here might p.
more loyal to China than to the
Bahamas, even those who ast
born here with Bahamian past-
But there is another consic&-
eration, maybe we as a small
nation have been given no
choice. Perhaps China has given
our leaders a forecast of tFe
future and told us that either
we become a part of their glob-
al takeover within the next 20
years, or get run over.
One day in the Bahamas, we
are going to wake up and realise
that all our land is gone. And in
case that doesn't mean much to
some of you, he who owns the
land, rules the people.. Th.
wealthy foreigners will own all
of our beachfront properties
and the Chinese and Haitians
will own all of the inriierm ii'
property while the young
.Bahamian women \\ill be too
busy trying to figure out hat 'ti
wear to the disco on FridaN and
who her baby's daddy was seen
with last. The young men \\ill
be thinking about whert th'e
can findthe next Backwod- atid
Guinness and who they will
"bust over the had'." :'- :'"'
We will come to realise that
we are nothing but an O`'eb
cookie with the Chinese on top,
the Haitians on the bottom ahd
that we are the- creamy white
filling in the middle. Then Chi-
na will come, pick us out of.the
bag, open the. cookie lick~ out
and swallow the middle nd put
the top and bottom back togeth-
er because. all they wantedtto
keep was the top and the bot-
tom ..*; ..
This is in no \ wa an attempt
to promote hatred to a rds the
Chinese people, but only to ask
some questions: "Is there a con-
spiracy going on"? What if Ch-
nese people are all on the same
page and do indeed plan to rule
us? And finally: "What is our
government doing to prevent
such a thing"?
Wouldn't it, have been go~d
if we had a senate that woild
grill an Alan, Greenspan to fih
out what in the world is going
on and what in the world have
you been doing to fight this
thing? But alas, who will fiht
for us?
I urge the government to oi6
into this with determination a:
resolve and with a strong col
eviction that we need to prot'
the Bahamas for Bahamial
and be prepared to root out a6i
one and any thing that threatens
February 2006

Concern about the

opinions of BCC

EDITOR, The Tribune
UNLESS The Bahamas
Christian Council's Constitu-
tion has been changed, the Pres-
ident at all times must advise
the public if there are any dis-
senting opinions of any position
of the BCC.
President Bishop William
Thompson's statement on capi-
tal punishment cannot be sup-
ported by the full membership
of the BCC, as for one our
Roman Catholics certainly do
not support capital punishment.
Proposed National Health
Scheme it might have been a
slip of his tongue but Bishop
Thompson certainly said in an
interview that the presence of
NHI would save the churches
a lot of money. Well, well it
seems what many have argued

is totally true. What is chariii,
Bishop? .
The Rev Ainsely healing
event like the old snake 1b
salesman of the wild west, if
regretted that we are going tb
have to endure a further vi t
of such a personality who ca~I-
not, as far as I know, provide
scientific proof that he has heal-
ing powers. If Rev Ainsley lis
those powers let them be ptil-
lished where his claims can be
challenged and investigated.:
Thousands of very gullible
Bahamians, some seriously sick
will go to Clifford Park in ,false
hopes, parting with money th4t
they can ill part with, with t
hope that they willbe cured.
February'8 2006

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' VIKTOR Kozeny's bail
application could be reconsid-
ered if the US is not ready to
proceed with its extradition
case against him when the mat-
ter resumes next month, a mag-
istrate said yesterday.
.The case was adjourned after
attorney Francis Cumberbatch
said, the requesting statp had
pot yet submitted a supple-
mentary bundle of documents
required for him to proceed
with his submissions.
,He also noted that he had
been given short notice to
attend to other matters of
importance in higher courts this
SMagistrate Carolita Bethel
said that if, when the case
resumes on March 8, all the
necessary documents have not
been submitted by the request-
ing state, she would reconsider
granting bail to Kozeny, who
has been on remand at Fox Hill
Prison since last October.
The United States is seeking
t6 have Kozeny extradited for
trial on multi-million dollar
fraud and money-laundering
SMagistrate Bethel has denied
Kozeny's bail application twice,
saying she had not been given
Sufficient evidence to prove
that the Czech-born investor
iiad significant ties to the

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Government poised to

enforce water sports

legislation 'shortly'

Tribune Staff Reporter

FOR the past few months,
the tourism unit of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force has
launched an intense effort to
clean up the Bay Street area
and enforce water sports regu-
lations in tourist areas.
The government is poised to
enforce legislation in this area
Yesterday, officers in charge
of the programme, along with
several new recruits, paid a
courtesy call on Minister of
Transportation and Aviation
Glenys Hanna-Martin and per-
manent secretary Archie
Assistant superintendent
Christopher Rahming said the
objective of this specially-
trained police unit is to reduce

crime in areas frequented by

visitors. The venture is a joint
partnership between police
and the minister of tourism.
Mr Rahming said Bay Street
is one area of concern requir-
ing constant monitoring.
"Arrests are being carried
out every day due to the
amount of drug sales, harass-
ment of tourists and fraud. We
have a problem with persons
posing as timeshare vendors so
we have a whole medley of
problems on Bay Street," he
However, he said visibility
of the police presence through
point officers has helped
reduce this activity.
From her ministry's stand-
point, Mrs Hanna-Martin said
the division has been invalu-
able in helping her office's
efforts in regulating traffic on
Bay Street, in particular public
More importantly, she said
the division's pilot programme
on Paradise Island to regulate
jet-ski and other water sports
operators had led to a reduc-
tion in complaints by tourists.
"This is just one aspect of an
aggressive initiative to address
a number of the problems we
face in the water sports indus-

try," she added.
Mrs Hanna-Martin said
there had been a lot of bad
publicity in respect of persons
being injured, something which
has had a negative effect on
the tourism industry. "Jet-skis
were introduced, licensed and
permitted on our beaches with-
out any form of regulation and
unfortunately we are paying
the price for that," she said.
However, she also added
that the government is poised
to introduce the water sports
control bill which would pro-
vide comprehensive regula-
tion of those activities.
Mrs Hanna-Martin said the
combined effort of the legisla-
tion, the tourism police to
enforce that legislation, and
the co-operation of the opera-
tors themselves, will assist in
bringing about a transforma-
tion in the way things happen
on the beaches of the country.
She added that a similar ven-
ture will take place on the
Cable Beach strip.
Mrs Hanna-Martin said
there is an increased level of
responsibility by vendors which
she said should help tourists
have a comfortable, enjoyable

person has been charged with
the murder of 16-year-old
Rishawn Bethel, who was
found dead last month in a
vacant lot in the Lincolnshire
A 17-year-old juvenile of
Coralfish, Caravel Beach,
appeared before Magistrate
Helen Jones in Court Three.
It is alleged that he, being
concerned with two others,
intentionally caused the
death of Bethel on January
26 at Freeport, Grand
The juvenile was not
required to enter a plea to
the murder charge, which is
an indictable offence. The
matter was adjourned to May
22 for a preliminary inquiry.
Also charged with Bethel's
murder were Trevor Forbes,
21, of Holmes Rock, and
William Lightfoot, 18, of 21
Maliboo Reef. The men are
remanded to Fox Hill Prison.
A 50-year-old Eight Mile
Rock man was arrested after
he was found hiding above
the ceiling of a condomini-
um at Port Allegro Condos
on Saturday.
According to police
reports, when Ms Urell
Brown arrived home around
11.35pm on Friday she
noticed that her front door
lock had been tampered with.
Ms Brown phoned police
on her cellular phone.
While searching inside the
condo, officers heard sounds
above the ceiling. An officer
climbed into the ceiling and
discovered the suspect hid-
ing. The man was arrested
,and taken into custody.;
A 27-year-old woman was
arrested at Lucayan Harbour
on Saturday after she was
allegedly found in possession
of one kilo of cocaine.
Supt Basil Rahning
reported that around 3.40pm
a K-9 officer was screening
passengers boarding the Dis-
covery Sun when he saw a
woman carrying a white plas-
tic cooler.
The officer discovered one
kilo of suspected cocaine
worth $30,000 hidden inside
the cooler. The woman was
handed over to Drug
Enforcement Unit officers
for further investigation.


Bahamas and was not a "flight
Mr Cumberbatch said his
position regarding Kozeny's
bail application remained the
Kozeny's defence attorney,
Clive Nicholls, said he and his
client were very anxious to
have the proceedings complet-
ed. "We are anxious to pro-
ceed, having regard that this is
a custody matter," Mr Nicholls
He noted that, when he left
London on Friday, he knew
only of the likelihood of an
adjournment. Mr Nicholls
pointed out that his client had
been in custody for several
He said he was concerned

that the same occurrence
would delay the next adjourn-
ment as he was anxiously seek-
ing to have the matter com-
Magistrate Bethel said there
were numerous cases she had
set aside to accommodate
Kozeny's extradition proceed-
ings and would ask that the
requesting state proceed dili-
gently in the matter.
Mr Cumberbatch assured the
court that, as soon as he
received the necessary infor-
mation from the US, he would
be willing to proceed.
When the case resumes, Mr
Cumberbatch is expected to
close his case and respond to
previous.submissions made by
Mr Nicholls.

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'US Ambassador John Rood visited Mary Star of Sea Catholit
School on Monday to promote his Reading Initiative Progranime.
The ambassador launched the programme in 1994 to promote hi-
eracy at a young age, which is one of his key objectives during rh
tenure in the Bahamas. : .
Every time he visits the island he makes it his priority to read tp
students. This is the second school he has visited on Grand Bahamd.
Mr Rood has also visited schools in Abaco and Eleuthera. H l~
expected to visit students at George Town Primary School in Exii
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Human rights

activists urge

action on Fox

Hill standards

LAWYERS and human
rights activists Fayne Thomp-
son and Paul Moss warned gov-
ernment officials yesterday to
improve conditions at Her
Majesty's Prison or risk facing
more catastrophic events in the
Last year, the men predicted
that something drastic would
happen if conditions did not
change and, just as they had
predicted, tragedy struck with
the prison breakout and the
death Corporal Deon Bowles.
Mr Thompson and Mr Moss
said that, despite recent events,
conditions at Her Majesty's
Prison are now "worse than
The men are asking the gov-
ernment for change, claiming
the deplorable state of HMP is
the reason for recent cata-
strophic events.
"There is a new regime of
oppression at the prison being
perpetuated on all inmates with-
out exception," they said.
The men said inmates are
being forced to live in unhealthy
"Blankets and sheets were
removed from cells and some
inmates were left to sleep on
cold concrete slabs with
absolutely no cover at all.
"The men claim that clothing
is being taken away from
inmates and many are denied
regular showers.
"Those who are fortunate to
receive home-cooked meals, in
many cases they receive it ten
hours later when it is cold as
ice, without having the oppor-
tunity to have it heated.
"Inmates who received prior
permission for game sets have
had them taken away."
Mr Thompson and Mr Moss
said inmates are being subjected

* FAYNE Thompson

to oppression.
"After all the speeches,ai
Corporal Bowles' funeral, ther4
is no improvement."
The number of officers and
the prison operation had yett
change, they said, citing hor1if-
ic pictures circulated on tl(
internet last week showing
bleeding inmates chained and
shackled in the maximum sequ-
rity prison. I
The duo asked for Minisfer
of Foreign Affairs and Pubic
Service Fred Mitchell to speak
out against brutality in the
prison. i
"The oppression is going 9r
now. The pictures of brutalisd
men [and] the non-murdei
charges of those responsible foi
the death of Corporal Bowlej
is sending the wrong message
to the country and the world.'"
The two concluded their,
.warnings with a plea to the Mipj
ister of National Security and
the Superintendent of the
"Minister Pratt, please ;c
something. Mr Elliston .jlah
ming, please look, about 1thi
men around you who are under
mining you and allowing this
wicked oppression," they said.:



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Students win big in My

Bahamas Competitions

STUDENTS across The
Bahamas submitted photos
and posters depicting their
view of The Bahamas, mak-
ing the first-ever My
Bahamas photo and poster
competitions a huge success.
The competitions saw first-
rate submissions from
Bahamian high school stu-
dents, emphasising a high
level of talent and dedica-
In the My Bahamas
National Geographic Photo
Competition, the winner
hailed from the Abacos.
Gabrielle Manni, of Forest
Heights School, took home
the top prize.
For the My Bahamas
Poster Competition, Antho-
ny Woodside of C V Bethel
Senior High School on New
Providence emerged as win-
ner. His stunning depiction
of "My New Nassau" cap-
tured the approval of the
The My Bahamas photo
and poster competitions are
a part of an overall thrust to
involve students in cultivat-
ing and showcasing national
Results from the two oth-
er school competitions My
Bahamas rhymes and
rhythms poetry competition
and My Bahamas essay com-
petition will be announced
in the coming weeks.
The winners of all the
competitions will receive a
wonderful collection of
prizes including all-expense
paid trips to a Family Island,
trophies, My Bahamas mem-
orabilia and cash.
The involvement of stu-
dents in the My Bahamas
movement is just one aspect
of a far-reaching campaign
launched by the Ministry of
Tourism in early November.
The aim of the My
Bahamas campaign is to use
the momentum of Bahami-
ans' care and attention to the
environment and the country
in general to reposition The
Bahamas as a greatly

* THIS photo of a solitary fisherman, taken by Gabrielle Man-
ni of Forest Heights School in Abaco, won first place in the My
Bahamas National Geographic Photo Competition.

improved and more enhanced
tourist destination.
In the broader My Bahamas
Campaign, the Ministry of
Tourism is using well-known
Bahamian sports icons, enter-
tainers, Cacique award winners

and ordinary citizens to pro-
mote the My Bahamas concept
to the public.
The campaign also features a
number of civic volunteer pro-
grammes organised and run by
various non-governmental,

community and environmen-
tal organizations endorsed by
My Bahamas that desperately
need wider participation by the
Bahamian community.
Applauding the efforts of
the My Bahamas campaign,
Director General of Tourism
Vernice Walkine encouraged
all Bahamians to get involved
in making the Bahamas bet-
"I think we all can agree that
while we have a beautiful
country, there is a lot we could
do to improve the product we
currently offer to our visitors,"
she said.
"The fact of the matter is,
the business of The Bahamas is
tourism and no other business,
since we've started in this
industry, has affected our peo-
ple more."
Other My Bahamas photo
and poster winners are: 2nd
place Photo Gabrielle Manni,
Forest Heights School, Abaco;
3rd place photo Alyssa Coop-
er, Bishop Eldon School,
Grand Bahama; 2nd place
poster David Capron, C V
Bethel High School, New
Providence; 3rd place poster -
Shanna Petit, CV Bethel High
School, New Providence


tourism up

in 2005 but

growth down

THE number of tourists vis-
iting the Caribbean rose last
year but the pace of growth was
half that of the previous two
years, a trade group said,
according to Associated Press.
More than 42 million people
visited the region in 2005, includ-
ing cruise ship passengers and
overnight hotel guests, with the
strongest growth posted in the
Dominican Republic and Cuba,
the Caribbean Tourism Organi-
zation said in its annual report.
Caribbean tourism dropped fol-
lowing the September 11, 2001
attacks in the United States, but
has steadily recovered with the
number of tourists growing by
about 7 per cent in 2004 and 2003.
Last year, the region received
nearly 20 million cruise ship
passengers and 22.5 million oth-
er visitors. The cruise ship total
is 2 percent lower than the pre-
vious year because of route
changes and other factors, the
organization said.
The Dominican Republic
received 3.7 million visitors, a
7 percent increase in tourists
while Cuba, which is officially
off-limits to most U.S. citizens,
had 2.3 million tourists a 13
percent increase.
Tourism in the Dutch
Caribbean islands, including
Aruba and Curacao, grew by
nearly 2 percent.



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TRUE, journalists should be seen as the guardians of our
rights and the gateway for truth in our society.
Now, with the alleged brutal attack on American reporter
Mario Vallejo, it is apparent that even visiting journalists, who
can greatly influence foreign opinion and make or break our
touristicc reputation, are being targeted without regard for the
negative consequences upon the wider society.
For several years, persons in law enforcement uniforms have
been accused of mistreating and beating persons in their custody.
SMost commonly associated with brutality has been the police
Force. % ith some officers accused of locking suspects in seclud-
Sed rooms, then punching and kicking them, or worse.
At this point, I must state that, while I do not condone torture
iand brutality, there are some cases where less strenuous forms
'of distress, such as sleep deprivation, are applicable.
However, this week's events have enormous implications.
For far too long, we have ignored claims that there are brutal,
overly aggressive officers who seem to think that because they
wear a uniform they are above the law.
SOur society, even members of our armed forces, is becoming
,increasingly aggressive for a variety of reasons, most promi-
rnently migration.
Whatever happened to the responsible, even tactical tech-
"iques taught to officers during training, especially as it relates
to conflict resolution? Shouldn't an officer posted at a site of
much contention and media interest, be more press savvy?
A streak of brutality is now evolving across our law enforce-
mient agencies. In the February 4 edition of The Tribune, grue-
some photographs appeared to show two Fox Hill Prison
escapees lying in a blood-smeared room.
SWhile I do not support the actions of these criminals, or feel
bity for them, if law enforcement officers can thump them and
'others behind closed doors unabatedly, next time the victim
ould be anyone, even you or God forbid me. All it takes
Sis a simple case of mistaken identity!
'I- Her Majesty's Prison has always been infamous for gross
*overcrowding, poor sanitation and inmate abuse by some prison
guards. Only last week, The Tribune reported that families of
persons being held for extradition hearings claimed their loved
'ones were restricted from bathing and receiving food on time.
"-' While I'nr not making a case for a soft, social club for pris-
*oners, some of whom are hardened criminals, I support the
allowance of the basic human rights afforded in a democratic
countyty and vehemently reject the notion of law enforcement
,that, when a person is in their charge, they can do as they wish,
rather than adhere to training.
- Now we have our very own Abu Ghraib and it remains to be
seen what actions the Ministry of National Security will pursue
4if the authenticity of those photos is verified.
As it relates to the embarrassing escapade at the detention
'centre, I share the notions of US Congress Member Ileana Ros-
,Lehtinen in a letter to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
-nd US Ambassador John Rood, that the "perpetrators of this
violence be held accountable for their actions".
Law enforcement-officers are supposed to protect our society,
not show disregard for the law and erode the status of our
country. We must weed out these bad elements immediately and
'use enhanced recruitment, screening and training tactics.



More energy and questioning is

needed in Bahamian journalism

IT is typical of the way much
of the media operates in the
Bahamas that a story which, if
any truth lies in it, is potentially
the biggest for years, has sur-
faced only in a local gossip
newspaper and in the ubiqui-
tous 'word on the street'.

I refer, of course, to the
rumoured recent finding at San
Salvador of a substantial cache
of treasure. The figures being
floated around all suggest a val-
ue that, if realized, could seri-
ously impact the solvency of the
Bahamian government.

Yet ZNS has apparently not
seen fit to bring any of this to
the attention of the vieWers of
their nightly news, even t only
to question someone in govern-
ment and let them publicly dis-
miss the rumours.
Of course, not all rumoiurts
are worthy of media atteiition.
But when they are both persis-
tent and potentially corrobo-
rated by surrounding events, it
becomes decidedly unjournal-
istic simply to ignore them.
In this instance, it is obvious
that the rumours are in some
way related to the expulsion of
an American company that had
been involved in some kind of
prospecting on San Salvador.
This fact, taken together with
the persistence and detail of the
rumours, clearly adds to the
urgency of investigation.
But in the Bahamas some of
the media (especially ZNS)
seem to view themselves more
as PR agents than as journal-
ists in the traditional sense.
Hence, they do not investigate
at all, and only present news
when prompted to do so either
by press release'or by someone
calling in.
This leads to the lamentable
situation wherein the media
only does its duty of keeping

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the public informed up to the
point that doing so is in the
interest of some group that is
willing to expend the energy to
prepare a release.

ernment of the day. However,
in a number of instances it has
been other, private interests
that have tapped into this ten-
dency in order to score some

Some of the media (especially
ZNS) seem to view themselves
more as PR agents than as
journalists in the traditional
sense. Hence, they do not
investigate at all, and only pre-
sent news when prompted to
do so either by press release or
by someone calling in.

As may be expected, given
our public service culture, that
group is all too often the gov-

PR or commercial advantage.
Last week, figures released
by a paid consultant of the Baha
Mar group used ZNS to
announce to Bahamians that
the project is ahead of initial
projections in terms of the cre-
ation of jobs and investment of
While nobody blames Baha
Mar for seeking to put as posi-
tive a spin as possible on their
investment at Cable Beach,
some questioning of their fig-
ures could and should have
been done on behalf of the
Bahamian public.
A listener to the news reports
would go away not knowing
what relation the new figures
for jobs that will be created and
money invested over the next
two years has to the much high-
er figures (10,000 jobs and $1.6
billion iiiinvestment) that were
being bandied about at the time






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indeed in the business of
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financial independence in these
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of the still-secret heads of agree-
While the latter (larger)~~
ures seem to represent the ulti-
mate, cumulative impact at the~
end of the project, their r'ei-
tion to the figures announced
las~t week are not clear. Aree
these new figures exclusivel'6f
(in addition to) the old total'fi,'
ures? If so, one wonders w Yi
they would not be presented~as
such, by saying, for instaficii',
that total projected spending
has increased to almost $1.7 btil-
lion. ii
Given how much better SA~
a presentation would conilie
across to the, public, it letNi~s
one wondering why, if lhat'is
the correct reading, Baha Malr's
release would not state io
explicitly. For manyr of thosee
who saw the report, -it acttilly
raises more questions tha it
answers. Unfortunately foi-fhe
Bahamian public, ZNS' news
team did nothing to fill in the
This lack of journalistic ener-
,gy has to some extent been
compensated for by politicians,
whose antics and confrontations
in parliament attract nYore
attention among Bahamians
than in most countries. In-ffils
instance it probably will not.15e
long before government finds
itself on the defensive ovef-ah.
issue like the contents oftlie
Baha Mar release.
However, while this is gcrod,
politicians cannot be expected
to take the lead in a way thht. is
.always in the interest'-,,6
.Bahamians. There have beien
many instances where conspii-
acies of silence across party lines
have kept the public ignotadti
of important matters that
should concern them.
There is no alternative toaa
better, more professional', cifri-
ous and energetic journ'a'Iist
corps if. we are fo bec6irfe-'a
society that is armed %% it h - 1'6
cient awareness to make sodhdd
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and resort on Rose Island

TFROM page one
"This is certainly one of the
most beautiful and desirable
destinations in the world. The
R tz-Carlton is proud to lend
its brand and international rep-
utation to what will most defi-
htfely be a destination resort
created to attract sophisticated,
affluent travellers, as well as
vacation homeowners who will
appreciate the serenity and
;exclusiveness of Rose Island,"
Mr, Coutry said.
,Prime Minister Perry Christie
)cted yesterday that develop-
ments such as the Ritz Carlton
Rose Island project speaks to
the "dynamic and strong belief"
p,,the Bahamian product by
international investors, and to

the quality of the Bahamas as a
resort destination.
"This together with an
upgrade to existing facilities at
the Nassau International Air-
port and to airports around the
Bahamas will indeed take
tourism in our country to the
ultimate world class level", Mr
Christie said.
The Ritz Carlton on Rose
Island, which is just four miles
off Nassau and an even shorter
distance from Paradise Island, is
scheduled to open in 2009. The
project includes a luxury resort,
private residences and a shel-
tered marina to dock luxury
boats and yachts. When com-
pleted the 230-acre site is
expected to provide a collection
of more than 400 dwellings.

The project does not encom-
pass the entire island, and Min-
ister of Financial Services and
Investments Allyson Maynard-
Gibson said that Bahamians will
continue to have their tradi-
tional access to the beaches on
the island when the resort com-
plex is completed.
The resort hotel will consist
of up to 95 rooms, 65 condo
hotel units, 66 town homes, 40
marina condos, 60 resort resi-
dences and 137 resort estate
homes will be developed under
the project. A marina village
allowing for a total of up to 98
boat slips is just one of the many
amenities that also will be con-
structed. The total capital
investment for the project is
$500 million.

It is projected that 900 work-
ers will be employed at the peak
of construction and approxi-
mate)y 800 permanent jobs will
be created thereafter. The Ritz
Carlton has also agreed to
develop and implement oh the
job training skills and appren-
ticeship programmes to train
Bahamians so that they are able
to meet the level of proficiency
associated with the Ritz-Carl-
ton product.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Com-
pany currently operates 60
hotels in the Americas, Europe,
Asia, The Middle East and
Africa. Over 20 projects are cur-
rently under development with
hotel openings planned for Rus-
sia, Ireland and China over the
next year.

Gas expected

to reach $5

FROM page one
"The price of petroleum is certainly on the upward move, and
it is expected to continue to do so in the immediate future but
anything can happen in this industry," he said.
Mr Miller signed the six cents decrease on gasoline for Tex-
aco allowing the company to drop its price from $3.99 to $3.93
a gallon. According to Mr Miller, the two other oil companies,
Shell and Esso have not submitted any petitions to his ministry
as yet to lower their prices at the pumps.
Last year, the driving public was hard hit by months of con-
stant increases. Undoubtedly the highest were seen during the
month of September when gasoline prices reached record lev-
els of $4.95 a gallon.
During this time crude oil prices internationally were cir-
cling around $66 a barrel before the markets stabilised, allow-
ing prices to drop back to $58.21 a barrel.
Today the price of oil still remains around $61 a barrel, but
analysts fear that with the current unrest in Iran and Nigeria,
prices could be pushed above $100 per barrel. Such a spike in oil-
could see the price of gasoline skyrocket above $7 a gallon in
New Providence.

US Customs personnel now to

monitor Freeport containers

FROM page one
pre-clearing them before they
,mbark for a US port.
,r,:As a result, containers will
heexpedited on arrival in the
*U8, making the port in Freeport
more attractive for their cus-
tqmers," he said Monday on
CGrand Bahama.
; *While addressing the Grand
Bahama American Women's
flub, Mr Rood stressed that the
partnership between the
Bahamas and the. US is "vitally
important" because of the geo-
graphic proximity and the heavy
volume of tourist and commer-
.cial traffic passing back and
forth between both countries.
,-1He, said the US and the
Bahamas also share a keen
interest in protecting the coun-
tries' borders from illegal migra-
ion and illegal criminal activity.
Thousands of illegal migrants,

said the ambassador, are inter-
cepted annually as a result of
joint patrol efforts on the high
He also reported that drug
trafficking has been significant-
ly reduced since the 1980's
when'as much as 70 per cent of
the cocaine bound for the US
passed through the Bahamas-
Jamaica-Cuba vector.
When compared to today, he
noted that less than 10 per cent
using the route is a clear indi-
cation that the US/Bahamas
cooperation has achieved dra-
matic results benefiting both
"The relationship between
the US and Bahamas is already
a model for the rest of the
region. We have set the stan-
dard for what is possible when
two nations work together to
defeat criminal organizations,
money launderers and terror-

ists," Ambassador Rood said.
He assured the Bahamas that
the US will continue to support
and expand programmes for
new opportunities to build on
the strong partnership that
exists between both countries.
Doing this, said Mr Rood,
will ensure that the Bahamas
will not become a haven for
criminal organizations, human
traffickers, or terrorist cells.
The ambassador said the US
is also seeking to work more
closely with the Bahamas to
improve education and health.
Mr Rood said schools must
be excellent from the primary
level all the way through to the
university and professional
school level.
The US Embassy, he said, is
playing its part in the promo-
tion of educational achievement
through the reading programme.
he launched in 1994 at'Wood--
Ili I

cock Primary School in Nassau.
Mr Rood said the programme
has been extended to the Fam-
ily Islands. He has visited
schools on Grand Bahama,
Abaco, and Eleuthera to pro-
mote reading in primary schools
by reading to students.
He is expected to visit the
George Town Primary School
in Exuma sometime this week.
Ambassador Rood com-
mended the American Wom-
en's Club for initiating a schol-
arship programme that benefits
deserving students, and also for
responding to hurricanes by
donating school books, and sup-
plies to needy children on
Grand Bahama.
Mr Rood said they are also
exploring possible programmes
with the State of Florida of
bring programmes'designed to
build educational capacity with-
in the Bahamas.

Prisoner on hunger

strike fears for his life

FROM page one
It Ne hold's health should.
however. become critical, prison
authorities \~ill step in to save
hun. Mr Wilson said. ...

"If a person starves himself
to the point where he renders
himself unconscious, then he
will be force-fed. I suppose that
is what will happen (in this
case), but we have not in my

time and to my knowledge had
that experience where someone
has starved themselves to the
point where they become
unconscious and need to be fed
intravenously," he said.

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In it's continuing effort to improve its Cable Network, The
Bahamas Telecommunication Company Ltd. wishes to
inform the public and its value customers that technicians
will be transferring service to new equipment in the Faith
Avenue area, on Monday, February 6, to Friday, February
17, 2006 between the hours of 9:00am and 4:30pm daily.

As a result, subscribers in the following areas will
experience a disruption in service:

Cowpen Road between Silver Gates and Faith
All side corners North and South between
Silver Gates and Faith Avenue
Cyclops Gardens
Emerald Gardens

BTC apologizes for the inconvenience caused, and
assures the public that every effort will be made to keep
the disruption in service to a minimum.

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in the Bahamas

THE casting company for
the new James Bond movie are
still looking for extras for the
shooting of the film, which is
due to begin filming next
week.: /i
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looking for the following types
to fill rolesiin the film:
Caucasian Males both
rugged andidlean cut.(any Cau-
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aged 25-60+4
Caucasian Females to be
totrists/beach go-ers/Ocean
Club patrons (25 60+)
Black Males should be
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or African looking (non-Bobo
rastas neeede); at least 100
more french/Creole speakers
needed -(ages IS+)
Other ethnic males all
needed and welcome (ages 18+)
Black Females should be
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processed hairstyles/color -ages
18+ ;
Rates for extras are $100/day
and $150/night. A shooting peri-
od is generally 12 hours and
meals/snacks etc are provided
on set.'
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portation, the company will be
arranging pick-up points
throughout the' island for major
shooting days.
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arranged. as all wardrobe is pro-
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tact info (phone/email etc).
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Box CB-12762 #290, Nassau
Hand Deliver: Mail Boxes
Etc, Cable Beach (opposite
Sandals) for attn: Box 290, The
Casting Company
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been submitted, the company
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shooting time if you fit their

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New cruise line targets Bahamas

Tribune Business Editor

Several Family Islands could
receive a significant eco-
nomic boost up to
$500,000 per annum from
a new cruise line that is
keen to use this nation as its
Caribbean destination, with ships stay-
ing in port overnight to ensure income
trickles down to Bahamian-owned
easyCruise, the cruise line founded
by world-renowned UK-based entre-
preneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou, is seek-
ing to switch its Caribbean itinerary
from Barbados and other islands in
the West Indies to the Bahamas, tak-
ing advantage of its proximity to the
US and variety of island experiences..
In an exclusive interview with The
Tribune from Barcelona, Stelios, who
prefers to be called solely by his first
name, said easyCruise, part of the
easyGroup of companies that he-

easyCruise plans to stay in port overnight, providing economic

boost for Family Islands and trickle down to Bahamian firms

chairs, had already submitted a pro-
posal to the Ministry of Tourism.
He explained that easyCruise
planned to undertake three to four-
day cruises through the northern
Bahamas, calling at Bimini, Great
Harbour Cay in the Berry Islands, and
Grand Bahama.
The three-day cruise would involve
calls at Bimini and Freeport, while
the four day variety would involve a
stop at Great Harbour Cay. easy-
Cruise would thus spend one day per
week at Great Harbour Cay, and call
twice a week at Freeport and Bimini.
easyCruise currently splits time
between the Mediterranean and the
Barbados itinerary. Its cruise ship sails
the French and Italian Riviera during

the European summer, but switches to
the Caribbean for the winter months
between November and April.
Stelios yesterday said that although
it was hard to assess, easyCruise's
advisers had forecast that stopping in
Bimini alone for twice a week, 26
weeks per year, would inject up to
$500,000 in the island's economy.
Most of that money would likely be
spent with Bahamian retailers, restau-
rants, tour operators, taxi drivers, hair
braiders and other tourist advisers,
due to easyCruise's business model.
Rather than seek to keep their pas-
sengers on board, which is largely
what Royal Caribbean and Carnival
do through casinos, shops and water-
based attractions, Stelios said easy-

Cruise's philosophy is that customer
"satisfaction and experience comes
from visiting the islands". The desti-
nation, not the ship, is the focus.
The cruise line is targeted more at
passengers who like to explore and
enjoy adventure in island destinations,
so easyCruise thus. appeals to a
younger customer base those aged in
their 20s, 30s and 40s. The average
age of passengers on the Mediter-
ranean route is 32, while for the cur-
rent Barbados cruise it is in the late
"I believe we've been able to invent
a new type of holiday experience tar-
geting 20, 30 ad 40 year-olds," Stelios
said. "We've managed to achieve a
very high level of customer satisfaction

with a very simple ship.
"It's a more simple ship, but we
show them the real destination. I
believe we're creating a new market, a
new niche, not taking away from Car-
nival or Royal Caribbean."
He added that easyCruise was very
keen to have a port in the US, either
in Miami or Fort Lauderdale. As a
company with UK roots, Stelios
explained that many of the clients for
.the Mediterranean cruises were
British, but because getting to the
Caribbean involved a longer flight and
was more expensive, the percentage of
British passengers on the Barbados
cruise was much smaller.
However, Stelios said he had been
"pleasantly surprised" at the strength
of US'demand for easyCruise's prod-
uct. He added that the cruise line
would have "no home port in its own
right", with passengers able to get on

SEE page 5B

Possible police

probe into Hilton,

South Ocean backer

Tribune Business Editor
THE financial backer for the British Colonial Hilton and South
Ocean Golf & Beach resorts was yesterday said to be facing a pos-
sible police investigation in Canada following reports about its fail-
ure to comply with Canadian laws governing pension funds.
The Toronto Star reported that the Canadian Commercial
Workers Industry Pension Plan (CCWIPP) faced a possible crim-
inal investigation, with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
assessing a report on the fund by financial services regulators to
see if a probe is required.
The newspaper quoted Corporal Michele Paradis, a Canadian
police spokesperson, as saying: "We're assessing and reviewing to
determine if we go forward with an investigation or whether we
are the correct agency to be looking into this matter."
It is unlikely that the news will have an impact on operations at
either of the two Bahamian hotel properties for which CCWIPP
is the financial backer and de facto owner.
However, it is unclear whether it might affect attempts to sell
South Ocean, which is still closed. Gerardo Barios, the resort's
general manager, and George Allen, of Allen & Co, the Florida
company acting as broker for
CCWIPP on the sale, did not
return The Tribune's phone calls SEE page 2B

Engineers opposed to

'wholesale' import of

foreign professionals

Atlantis first quarter RevPar to grow 3-4%

Tribune Business Editor
KERZNER International's
two Paradise Island resorts
"just had an outstanding year"
in 2005, company executives
said yesterday, giving every
.sign that last year's record
results could be surpassed in
2006. with revenue per avail-
able room: (RevPAR) for the
first quarter at Atlantis likely to
be 3-4 per cent ahead of last
Howard Karawan, president
of Kerzner International's des-
tination resorts, yesterday told
a Wall Street conference call
that Atlantis, plus the compa-
ny's in-house tour operations
and share of the Harborside
timeshare development, had
generated a 22 per cent
increase in operating income
(Ebitda) to just under $184 mil-
lion for fiscal 2005.
Net revenues generated by
those operations had reached


$556.278 million, a 10.4 per
cent rise.
Mr Karawan.said: "On a
combined basis, Atlantis and
the One & Only Ocean Club
exceeded the $600 million gross
revenue threshold for the first

time, increasing 10 per cent
over last year."
Butch Kerzner, Kerzner
International's president and
chief executive, added: "2005
turned out to be a great year
for us. The big story for us was
Paradise Island. Paradise.Island
just had an outstanding year.
2005 was a really gratifying
year for us on the island."
Mr Kerzner said the compa-
ny had achieved both its objec-
tives for 2005, which were to
make progress on the main
parts of the Paradise Island
Phase III expansion and the
Atlantis, The palm project in
Dubai, plus maintain earnings.
He added that Kerzner
International's full year adjust-
ed earnings per share (EPS)
figures, standing at $2.92, were
18 per cent ahead of 2004's
$2.47, and the highest achieved

since the Phase II expansion at
Atlantis was completed in 1998.
The 2005 fourth quarter
adjusted EPS of $0.35 per share
was 35 per cent up on last
year's $0.25, and in line with
the consensus forecast estab-
lished by Wall Street analysts.
Meanwhile, Mr Karawan
said the damage Hurricane
Wilma inflicted on Florida, one
of the Bahamas' main tourist
markets, had cost Atlantis
some 2 per cent in RevPAR
during the fourth quarter.
Had it 'not been for the
storm, RevPar would have
been ahead 3 per cent for the
period. Instead, RevPAR fin-
ished at $163 compared to $162
for the 2004 fourth quarter.
Atlantis saw average occu-

SEE page 5B

Tribune Business
THE BAHAMAS Society of
Engineers (BSE) is re-issuing
its long-standing call for the
formation of an Engineers

Board to regulate the profes-
sion, and is opposed to any
"wholesale import" of foreign
Cyprian Gibson, the BSE's
president, said the group

SEE page 4B

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Last week, The. Tri-
bune carried a
story based on an
IMF Working
Paper entitled
Emigration and Brain Drain:
Evidence from the Caribbean.
This study indicated that
between 1965 and 2000,
approximately 58 per cent of
Bahamians educated at college
level migrated to the US. When
the list of countries was
expanded to include member
countries of the Organisation
for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD), the
Bahamas' number grew to 61
per cent.

Is it really as much as
61 per cent?
I must admit that I found this
statistic to be shocking, because
my perception (and the per-
ception of persons with whom I
interact regularly) was that
while there is undoubtedly a
growing number of Bahamians
remaining abroad after com-
pleting college, the majority
still return home to build their
I graduated from St Anne's
High School in 1975, and I
believe that I can readily
account for about 95 per cent
of my graduating year (those
who came back home after



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8, 2006 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and
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(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Alisa Richardson of Shirley
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(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 14th day of March, 2006 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be
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February 13, 2006

completing their tertiary edu-
cation and/or professional qual-
ifications). A colleague of mine
Swho graduated from high
school in 1987 estimated that
some 15 per cent of her gradu-
ating year remained abroad.
Finally, in an attempt to get a
more current feel for the situa-
tion, I called my son, who is a
freshman in a US university,
to ascertain his perception. He,
too, was very surprised at the
magnitude of the reported
migration percentage, but he
conceded that most of his peers
seemed to be very 'open-mind-
ed' about the prospects of set-
tling and working abroad. He
further indicated that gradu-
ates in certain technical, scien-
tific and specialised fields prob-
ably have no real alternative
but to consider emigration, as
there are no job opportunities
available now or in the fore-
seeable future in the Bahamas
in those fields.
While the above observa-
tions are not scientific but pure-
ly anecdotal, I began to come
to grips with the possibility fhat
58 per cent may indeed be a
reasonable number.
The costs of emigration
Most of the tertiary-educated
Bahamians are trained abroad,
mainly in the US and Canada.
The majority of the direct costs
are borne by a combination of
family, government scholar-
ships and loans, and private
scholarships. If we assume that
the average cost of a four-year
college/university programme
is about $80,000, for an econo-
my like the Bahamas to lqse
58 per cent of this categorypof
future workers is most signifi-

cant indeed. From a macro
standpoint, this significant
investment in education is
yielding a less than optimum
return for the Bahamas.
Further, if the majority of
our immigrant population is
unskilled, it is no wonder that
we seem to be in a perpetual
open-ended training mode.
Clearly, this is not a sustain-
able position for the country, as
it implies that we are paying
twice for the same skilled
labour the cost of educating
our children and the relatively
higher cost of expatriate labour
(which often includes housing,
transportation and children's
education costs).
Could this promote
Another fundamental ques-
tion we must ask ourselves is: If
we are losing about 60 per cent
of our most highly trained citi-
zens, are we setting ourselves
up to allow mediocrity to rise
to the top as emigration weak-
ens competition and perhaps
robs us of some of our brighter
students? I do not know the
answer to these questions, but
it must be placed on the table
for discussion.
The long-term implications
of this study's results, as it
relates to the Bahamas, sug-
gest that in addition to a brain
drain we will be in a constant
cycle of importing people with
technical/specialist skills. To
continuously encourage new
investment and maintain the
level of investment that has
already occurred, it is most
important that we have a well-
trained, globally-competitive
indigenous workforce both



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technical and non-technical.
The IMF working paper also
argues that a benefit of large-
scale emigration is that those
trained graduates provide a
tremendous benefit to their
country of origin by remitting
funds home regularly, finan-
cially supporting family mem-
bers left behind. It states: "The
Caribbean region is the largest
recipient of remittances in pro-
portion to GDP. The next
biggest recipient is South Asia,
followed by the Middle East'
and Northern Africa."
While inward remittances
are huge for countries such as
Haiti and Jamaica, they are
very small for the Bahamas.
We need to move with haste
to establish a National Labor
Needs Assessment Bank
(NLNAB) that will assist us
with future planning. We need
to know how many trained per-
sons we have by skill catego-.
ry, how many are in the train-
ing pipeline and, most impor-
tantly, how many we anticipate
that we will need within the

next, 10 and 15 years respec-
The results from the
NLNAB will allow us to direct
future graduates towards area.
of need, and allow us to retail
a higher percentage of ou-
graduates if they can bp
assured of job opporturiftie.-
Finally, it should aid in help;
ing to raise our overall level of.
productivity in the workplac'.
Until next x\ eek...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a.
Chartered Financial Ani I.s
is vice-president pensgioh
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned'
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which own-
Atlantic Medical Insurance and'
is a major shareholder of Secu'.
rity & General Insurance Corni"
pany in the Bahamas. *'"
The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent-those, of
Colonial Group finernationda
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions-or com-
ments to rlgibson@ailantic-

Possible police

probe into Hilton,

South Ocean backer

FROM page 1B

before press time.
The Tribune understands
that CCWIPP and its repre-
sentatives are in negotiations
with a New York-based group
over South Ocean, either to sell
it outright or form a joint ven-
ture. The latter, which would
involve a partner paying a mix-
ture of cash and equity, is like-
ly to be the preferred option.
Other companies that looked
at South Ocean are understood
to- be the Fairmont Hotels &
Resorts chain, plus a Canadian
construction company, Van
Prime Minister Perry
Christie recently said he was
awaiting a "substantive propo-
sition" to be submitted to the
Government for South Ocean's
redevelopment, but The Tri-

bune understands that the deal'
is not concluded yet.
Meanwhile, CCWIPP is also:
talking to Island Global Yacht-
ing, a New York-based real-
estate developer with a focus
on marina, about a joint ven-
ture at the British Colonial
Hilton that would involve a
marina, condos and retail mall.
The police interest in
CCWIPP is likely to have been
triggered by the Financial Ser-
vices Commission of Ontario's
(FSCO) findings. The FSCO
found that there was limited
Board oversight of the pension
fund's investment committee;
non-compliance with Canadi-
an law; and concerns that "cori-
flict of interest provisions may
have been violated".
Many of the criticisms relat-
ed to CCWIPP's investments
in the South Ocean and British
Colonial Hilton's resorts.







Tribune Business Editor
The new Nobu
restaurant at
Atlantis, which
enjoyed a soft
opening last
month, took in $85,000 in rev-
enue on one of its first Satur-
days alone, it was revealed yes-
terday, as Kerzner Interna-
tional seeks to ramp up
demand for its Paradise Island
product before Phase III opens
in April 2007.
Howard Karawan, Kerzner
International's president of its
destination resorts business,
told a Wall Street conference
call to announce the compa-
ny's 2005 fourth quarter results:
"This year is about building
demand for us, not about max-
imising RevPar [revenue per
available room]."

Tribune Business
THE blizzard that impacted
the northeastern US has had a
minimal impact on the Bahami-
an tourism industry, The Tri-
bune was told yesterday.
Hotels reported few cancel-
lations, while many travellers
opted to wait out the storm in
airports and simply re-sched-
uled their reservations in the
Most airlines were affected
on Sunday, when the blizzard
forced the cancellation of
The Ministry of Tourism's
New York director, Valerie
Alke, said the city was the
worst affected by the storm.
While the La Guardia and
Kennedy airports had no flights
on Sunday, things were back

Describing the pace of group
bookings for Atlantis as "look-
ing excellent" for 2006, Mr
Karawan said the resort was
on track to do 150,000 group
nights this year, as opposed to
147,000 last year.
This was despite group book-
ings being off by 7,000 for Feb-
ruary, compared to last year.
Describing 2006 group busi-
ness as tracking "a very strong
pace", Mr Karawan said group
bookings for 2007 the year
Phase III will fully open were
"40 per cent ahead of pace".
He added that net group
bookings for 2005 were 229,000
room night, but only 178,000
were "consumed", meaning
that "production is outpacing
consumption" currently at
This, Mr Karawan explained,
meant that Atlantis's produc-
tion some 52,000 more room

to normal and businesses there
were open, while the streets
were being cleared.
Tyrone Sawyer, the Ministry,
of Tourism's director of airlift
services, said New York,
Philadelphia and Boston saw
flights to the Bahamas can-
celled, but they were all back
on schedule by Monday.
He explained that people
waited out the storm's effects at
the airports, and kept their
bookings for airlines and hotels
for the next day.
Delta supervisor, Sarah
Roberts, told Tribune Business
that the cancelled flights were
back pn schedule yesterday.
Mrs Roberts said the flights
were coming into Nassau Inter-
national Airport late, but were
not cancelled.
Meanwhile, Spirit airlines

nights than filled meant the
resort was on track to be able
to fill the extra rooms that
would become available once
its 600-room all-suite hotel was
On the leisure side, the
80,000 room bookings for the
2006 first quarter were ahead
of the 77,000 booked in the
2005 comparative period, Mr
Karawan said.
He added that since Decem-
ber 1, calls to the Atlantis in-
house reservations system had
exceeded prior year compara-
tives in all but one week.
Mr Karawan said the second
phase of the Harborside time-
share project, featuring 116 two
and three-bed units that were
completed in August 2005, was
now 37 per cent sold. Sales
prices were 36 per cent up on
the first phase.
Kerzner International earned

reported one cancelled flight.
Jet Blue airlines' Brian Bald-
win reported a similar fate for
the company. The airline flies
twice to Nassau out of JFK air-
port, and once daily out of
Mr Baldwin said all flights
were delayed on Monday, but
did make it-to NIA. -:..:
He said the airline wyas doing
all it can to accommodate those
inconvenienced by the storm,
which is being called the
biggest snowstrom for the US
in recent history.
For the Atlantis resort, there
were very few cancellations,
and most people revised their
travel plans and came in a day
later, according to vice-presi-
dent of public relations, Ed
The British Colonial Hilton's
general manager, Michael
Hooper, said there were no
cancellations up to Monday

Group bookings on pace to fill Phase mI

demand, with visitor and employee

satisfaction at 'all-time high'

$19.8 million in income from
Harborside in 2005, including
fee income and equity earnings
of $3.7 million and $16.1 mil-
lion respectively. The company
owns 50 per cent of Harbor-
side, with Starwood owning the
other half.
Meanwhile, the 88-unit
Ocean Club Residences &
Marina was 20 per cent com-
plete at the end of December
2005. Deposits had been
received for 59 units on the
$130 million project, which is
being financed from pre-sales.
Mr Karawan said the units
were priced in the "mid $2 mil-

lion range, even a little bit
stronger", with Kerzner Inter-
national looking to exploit
demand by a second price
increase for the final units to
be sold.
The Ocean Club Residences
will consist of four 22-unit
buildings, and is expected to
be completed in stages between
January and May 2007.
Meanwhile, Butch Kerzner,
the company's president and
chief executive, praised former

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time high". Visitor satisfaction
indexes were also at an all-time
high. Kerzner International
yesterday predicted 2006 first
quarter adjusted earnings per
share would hit $1.20 to $1.25,
compared to the $1.30 achieved
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Jeremy MacVean, general
manager of Comfort Suites on
Paradise Island, said the bliz-
zard did not impact sales there,
He added that there were
probably a few people who did-
n't make it, but overall, the
hotel had a :good weekend".

Blizzard's minimal

impact on tourism

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Practice Relocation

Please join us in welcoming the latest
',addition to our center of highly
qualified physicians in the
Renaissance Medical Building. Cn

Dr. S. Thompson received her Doctor
-of Medicine degree from Howard
University College of Medicine in
Washington, D. C.

She completed her Obstetrics and
Gynecology Residency at Rochester
'General Hospital in Rochester, NY,

Obstetrics and Gynecology and has
enjoyed serving her Bahamian
community since 2001. Her practice,
St. Elizabeth Women's Medical
Center, will be Opening January 30, 2006. She looks forward to continuing to
provide Individualized and Specialized Care for Women.

St. Elizabeth Women's Medical Center
155 Shirley Street (opposite Oriental Cleaners)
Nassau, Bahamas
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Supporting and building diversity within local leadership team
Partners with HR to ensure appropriate administrative action is
Overseeing, implementing and supporting FAA and corporate
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the workplace


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Have a working knowledge of the a major GDS (Global Distribution
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Must be willing to work long hours as needed
Must be able to travel
Must possess strong customer service orientation. Critical thinking
and problem-solving skills required for effective service recovery.

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Tel. 242-393-8618

Dotin Collection Agency
hereby notifies the public and
deliquent accounts of
Burns House
Group Ltd
that I am no lonaer
associated with that
company and from this date
all payment on deliquent
accounts be made directly
to the company.


Bahamas Realty Commercial has been retained as the
exclusive marketing agents for the sale of a retail busi-
ness offering a wide selection of merchandise includ-
ing linens, china, bedding, clothing, place mats, table
cloths as well as a wide range of accessory items.
The company operates two stores: One on Bay Street
and the other on Paradise Island.

For copy of Offering Memorandum contact:
Larry Roberts 242.393.8618 or 242.357.7909

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Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
13 February 2006
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1.364 69 / CHG 00.00 / %CHG 00.00 / YTD 13.98 / YTD % 01.04
....--i. L.*.IF-L. 5 n,,m:! Pre.?.us Cil:. -e To:a/h. CIlse Cnange Daill Vol EPS $ Di $ PE Yield
0.95 0.70 Abaco Markets 0.70 0.70 0.00 1.500 -0.169 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.52 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.48 10.48 0.00 1.456 0.360 7.2 3.44%
7.24 5.61 Bank of Bahamas A 7.00 7.00 0.00 0.598 0.330 11.7 4.71%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0.70 0.00 0.175 0.020 4.0 2.86%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.26 1.26 0.00 0.105 0.060 12.0 4.76%
1.20 0.95 Fidelity Bank 1.17 1.17 0.00 0.070 0.040 16.7 3.42%
9.60 7.40 "Cable Bahamas 9.53 9.53 0.00 0.689 0.240 13.8 2.52%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.70 1.70 0.00 -0.067 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.25 7.60 Commonwealth Bank 9.10 9.13 0.03 10.000 0.791 0.450 10.6 4.93%
4.67 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.31 4.24 -0.07 0.099 0.045 43.5 1.04%
2.88 1.45 Doctor's Hospital 2.86 2.86 0.00 1,000 0.437 0.000 6.5 0.00%
6.21 4.02 Famguard .6.21 6.21 0.00 0.542 0.240 11.5 3.86%
10.95 9.99 Finco 10.95 10.95 0.00 0.717 0.530 15.3 4.84%
11.00 7.50 FirstCaribbean 11.00 11.00 0.00 0.828 0.500 13.3 4.55%
10.05 7.95 Focol 10.05 10.05 0.00 0.833 0.500 12.1 4.98%
1.99 1.15 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 -0.162 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 9.60 ICD Utilities 9.95 9.95 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.9 5.43%
9.10 8.22 J. S. Johnson 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.572 0.560 15.8 6.19%
7.00 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 6.67 6.63 -0.04 0.134 0.000 49.8 0.00%
110 00 -,a, Ei.ale 1l 00 10 00 000 2036 0 760 44 9 7 cO'
F.el;it O'er-ThS-Counler Secunties
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10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
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16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.75 13.75 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
BISAX Lisid Mutual Funds
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1 -.a 1 2'~. 5 C jlrIi. r. r. r.I a'ke Four.a 1 2727'c2 -
2.6262 2.0704 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.6262 **
10.8183 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.8183*****
2.3241 2.1660 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.324145**
1.1442 1.0782 Colina Bond Fund 1.144217***
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52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
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who could initially serve as
board members, including
some BSE members, have
been given to the Ministry, but
not much in terms of further
progress has yet been made.
The BSE is also working
with the Ministry of Works to
train and assist Bahamian engi-
neers. Mr Gibson commended
the Ministry for "making some
effort to promote Bahamian

He said efforts were made
to equalise the scarcity
allowance for engineers in the :
public service, because for-
those working in the private
sector, the remunerationis
much higher. '.*: '
Looking att the issue of
underemployment or unem-
,ployment of Bahamians, Mr
Gibson said there were many
o Bahanise tiho'Wbeldle'e sato
take jobs in engineering if they
could qualify fr them, pointing
again to the establishment' of
ua eregulatoryBmoard.: um-
"There are persons that are
"There are persons that are

qualified for certification, but(
because the Board is not,
appointed, they cannot be cer-
tified," he added.
In addition, underemploy-
ment in the field has led to per-
sons with engineering degrees
going into teaching and other.
areas of the civil service.
The Board is seen as neces-4
sary not only to certify Bahami-
ans, but foreigners coming into,
the country to work as well, M
Gibson said.
He added: "It is the role ot
government to make sure the
necessary infrastructure is in
place for the profession to reg-
ulate itself"." :
The present situation has led
to the Bahamas not being able
to recognize its full iiicotme
potential; Mr Gibsona aiddd.1
For example, he said.if-'2:
engineers were the;
Government at $50,000 per:
annum, that was equal to $1
million. i
"If we were to recruit lociilyp
that money can stay in the'
country,' Mr Gibson:said.iitAA
of our engineers have been
trained internationally. All it
needs is for them to be .vetted.
by their peers." .rr
Mr Gibson said only, those'
that are responsible for beingini
charge of an engineeringqiorro.0
Sject need this kind'offeertifica P
tion. Those wh'o,'must reportr
to others, he said, need notget'
:the certification, but can.Jtakej
:"advantage oftraining-sohemer.,
-The' BSE produced a'posi'-'
tion paper last year, in respoiine
to the Ministry of: Works:
advertisement :; seeking
Caribbean-wide industry, pro-
The BSE retains the position'
that all such jobs should be first;
offered to Bahamians, who are'
capable of doing the work.

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Friday, February 17, 2006
Choices Restaurant
Bahamas Tourism Centre

"Transformation Research:
A Review of Urban Renewal Studies"

Presented by

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Consultant to The Bahamas Government on
Urban Renewal and Community Transformation

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the resources available in these areas, as well as evidence-based hypothesis/es on the
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strongly objected to any for-
eign engineers being brought
in without working in associa-
tion with local engineers.
His comments came after
Tribune Business reported on
the contents of a news article
from India, which quoted For-
eign Affairs Minister Fred
Mitchell as saying that the
Bahamas was hoping to recruit
engineers from India.
The article quoted Mr
Mitchell as saying that the Min-
istry of Works was interested in
recruiting Indian engineers to
help with its infrastructure
needs. and business develop-
ment projects.
Mr Gibson said whereas
there is a need for specialists
from time to time, "we don't
need them coming en masse".
He added that at present,
there were Bahamian engi-
neers who are underemployed.
In addition, there were at least
50 Bahamians who would qual-
ify as engineers once the board
is put in place.
"We must do everything we
can to ensure that Bahamians
can take advantage of oppor-
tunities that exist in this sec-
tor," Mr Gibson said.
"The best way we can break
this cycle is to allow the pro-
fession to be regulated that's
been our lobby for the past 30
The Board, in addition to
giving certification to Bahami-
an professionals, would be
responsible for regulating the
profession, implementing stan-
dards, recruitment and train-.
ing programmes
All Bahamian engineers
have had to either travel
abroad or join other institu-
tions, usually in Florida or the
UK. to obtain certification.'
"The minister [Bradley
Roberts] had committed to the
implementation of a Board, but
now it is long overdue," said
Mr Gibson.
Thus far, the names of those

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The Public is hereby advised that I, EDISON PAUL OLIVER,
of Elizabeth Estates, Bahamas, intend to change my name
to EDISON PAUL SWEETING. If there are any objections
to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.

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3 to 5 years of working within the Petroleum
Equipment Industry;
Knowledge of the Petroleum Equipment Institute
Recommended Practices for Installation of: i.,
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New cruise line targets Bahamas

FROM page 1B

at any of the Bahamian desti-
nations it called at.
easyCruise also capitalises
on its parent's reputation "for
offering great value for mon-
ey", with a price point of $50-
$55 per night. Passengers can
book for a maximum of 14
nights, and a minimum of two.
In return for selecting the
Bahamas, Stelios said easy-
Cruise was seeking an exten-
sion to the dredging of Bimini
Harbour, creating a channel

FROM page 1B
pancy rAtes for the 2005 fourth
quartesihit:,7 per cent, com-
pared toi72-per.cent the year
before,buitit recorded a record
averagedaily room rate of $229
comparedc to $224 the previous
year. ,I ,,. .(
Atlantis generated net rev-
enue Q~!$124.9 million for the
2005 foutthiquarter, compared
to $10AttiiBlionrin?2004, and
$29.8 operating
income as opposed to the year-
before comparative of $25.1
Mr Karawaisaid the net rev-
enue riseof 15.6 per' cent was
generate, bydincreases
and be-verage..revenue and casi-
no revenue, which increased
respecti elyAby 23 per cent and
22 per:cbntx.,-i ,_.-. .- 1 . .
The.foodand. beverage rise
was attributed to the addition
of the.Marina Village, which
came in July 2005.
Mr Karawan said the Marina
Villagenhad-not 'taken away
sales from Atlantis's other
restaurants, and was attracting
supportifrom Bahamians and
tourists stayingat, other hotels.
However, in regard to the
Marina Village, he warned that
it would "really take us some
time to operate as efficiently
as possible", and ensure the
target, level of revenue flowed
through to the bottom line.
On 'the casino side, slot vol-

with enough depth to enable
the ship to dock rather than
moor offshore. Current plans
stop just short of what easy-
Cruise would like.
Stelios added that easyCruise
was also "looking for some
concessions on port fees as
we'll be staying in at night",
plus joint marketing support.
A co-branded campaign, he
suggested, would "promote this
new way of seeing the
"Another spin-off from the
whole thing", Stelios said, was
the docu-soap that the US

ume and win was up by 11 per
cent in the 2005 fourth quar-
ter, while average win per slot
unit for the full-year finished
at $213 compared to $172 the
year before.
Table win for the fourth
quarter was up 26 per cent,
although volume was down, Mr
Karawan saying that Atlantis
had "benefited from a more
normal hold".
Meanwhile, Mr Kerzner said
he was "pretty optimistic about
the trends" for the One & Only
chain going into 2006.
For the 2005 fourth quarter,
Paradise Island's One & Only
Ocean Club chain generated
record RevPar of $623, an 11
per cent increase over 2004.
The One & Only Ocean
Club achieved an average occu-
pancy level of 79 per cent, com-
pared to 80 per cent the year
before, during the quarter, and
saw average daily room rates
hit a record of $786, compared
to 2004's $702.
However, the One & Only
Ocean Club's operating income
for the 2005 fourth quarter fell
from $2.2 million to $2 million,
due primarily to the closure of
one of its restaurants in the
third quarter.
Mr Kerzner said the compa-
ny was on track to open the
remaining parts of Phase III -
the water attractions, 600-room
all-suite hotel and extra con-
vention space by April'2007.

NOTICE is hereby given that JOHN RAVINDRA
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 14TH day of
FEBRUARY, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that JACQUELINE JOSEPH OF
KEMP ROAD, ALLEY #15, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
regiptration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 14TH day of FEBRUARY, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


j International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)

S InVoluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 J) of the International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of
200), ZRISCO INVESTMENT LIMITED is in dissolution.
LT p. is the Liquidator and cen be contacted at Winterbotham
PlaC Marlborough and Queen Streets, P.O.Box N-3026, Nassau,
Bafi as. All persons having claims against the above-named
coimany are required to send their names,, addresses and particulars
of th4ir debts or claims to the Liquidator before the 7th day of
Ma i; 2006.





Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act, 2000, the dissolution of PIACENZA INC., has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off
the Register.




International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(4) of the International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
MORRISON CORPORATION is in dissolution. Luis Pineyrua Pittaluga
is the Liquidator and can be contacted at Juncal 1327/2201, Montevideo,
Uruguay. All persons having claims against the above-named company
are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of their debts
or claims to the Liquidator before the 7th day of March, 2006.

Si pned:
Luis Pine italuga

Travel Channel and the UK's
BSkyB television stations were
screening, which was a docu-
mentary that observed easy-
Cruise passengers and crew
during the voyage.
This had already been shown
in the UK, and was due to be
screened on the Travel Chan-
nel in July, using footage filmed
from the Barbados trip. Stelios
suggested this could be an
advertisement for the
He added that he was due to
arrive in Nassau for a meeting
on the proposal at the end of

this month, saying he hoped a
decision on it would be taken
soon. easyCruise was hoping
its first cruise to the Bahamas
could take place in December
The line will start with one
170-passenger ship, but Stelios
explained that this would be
the "pilot" and other ships
could be added if "things go
He added that he was
already talking to shipyards
about other ships, and any new
build would likely have the
capacity for around 500 pas-

If easyCruise does not reach
an agreement with the Gov-
ernment, it will stick with its
Barbados routes.
The easyGroup of compa-
nies includes easyJet, the

world's largest low-cost airline
by revenues, which carried 30
million passengers last year and
has 100 jets.
Other group companies are
involved in areas such as hotels,
Internet cafes, music and pizza.






Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (8) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, the dissolution of ALBRECHT TRADING LTD.,
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off
the Register.





Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (8) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, the dissolution of KUBERA INVESTMENT
INC., has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register.


A leading Law firm with offices located in Nassau,
is seeking to fill the position


The successful applicant should possess the
following minimum requirements:

* At least Five (5) years working with corporate
and company administration
* Experience in all aspects of the administration
of Companies including practical compliance
with all relevant legislation laws.
* Must be familiar with:
Know-Your-Customer procedures
The Companies Act
The International Business Companies Act
* Computer Literate
* Excellent oral and writing communication skills
* Good interpersonal skills

General responsibilities will include but not be
limited to:

* The supervision of an existing well structured
Company Department..

Personal Attributes

* Excellent work attitude
* Ability to prioritize tasks
* Highly motivated with the ability to motivate
* Proactive with a progressive nature

We Offer

A competitive salary, pension plan, health and ilfe
insurance and other attractive benefits.

Interested persons should apply in writing to:

The Office Manager
P.O. Box N-4196
Nassau, Bahamas





,- GN-324




In accordance with the provisions ofRegulation 9 ofthe CivilAviation (Licensing ofAir
Services) Regulatiors 1976, the Minister responsibleforAviation hereby publishes the
following particulars of the under-mentioned applicant to operate scheduled air services to and
from The Bahamas.

i. Application: CATISLAND AIR. LTD.
2. Date offirst publication: February 14,2006

3. Routes:


4. Purpose of services: Passenger, mail and freight.
5. Provisional time table:
Local Times


0800/0840 Daily
0900/0940 "
1600/1640 Daily
1700/1740 ."

6. Frequency offlights: See above time-table.

7. Type ofAircraft:


Any representation regarding or objection thereto in accordance with Regulation 10 must be
received by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport & Aviation & the Department qf Cvil
Aviation within fourteen (14) days after the date offirst publication of this Notice.




In accordance with the provisions ofRegulation 9 of the Civil Aviation (Licensing ofAir Srvices)
Regulations 1976, the Minister responsible for Aviation hereby publishes the following
particulars of the under-mentioned applicant to operate scheduled air services to and from The


i. Application: REGIONALAIR

2. Date of first publication: February 14,2006


4. Purpose of services: Passenger, mail and freight.

r. Provisional time table:



1ooo/IiS F & Sun
1115/1215 Fri &Sun

looo/Xoo Fri& Sun
S1545/1610 Fri & Sun

6. Frequency offlights: See above time-table.

7. Type ofAircraft:


Any representation regarding or objection thereto in accordance with Regulation jo must be
received by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport & Aviation & the Department of Civil
Aviation within fourteen (14) days after the date offirst publication of this Notice.




In accordance with the provisions of Regulation 9 of the Civil Aviation (Licensing ofAir
Services) Regulations t19?6, the Minister responsible for Aviation hereby publishes the
following particulars of the under-mentioned applicant to operate scheduled air services to and '
from The Bahamas.

i. Application: PINEAPPLE AIR LTD.
Date offirst publication February 14, 2006


4. Purpose of services: Passenger, mail andfreight.

5. Provisional time table:


-I- Local Times

0630/0730 M, W&SA
o8oo/0900 "
0800oo/o83 Daily
0900/1030 M, W& SA
1100/1230 a .

6. Frequency offlights: See above time-table.

; 7. Type ofAircraft: BEECH 1900
Any representation regarding or objection thereto in accordance with Regulation to must be
received by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport &Aviation & the Department of Civil
Aviation within fourteen (14) days after the date offirst publication of this Notice.



In accordance with the provisions ofRegulation 9 of the CivilAviation (Licensing of Air .
Services) Regulations 1976, the Minister responsible for Aviation hereby publishes the- '
following particulars of the under-mentioned applicant to operate scheduled air services to and
from The Bahamas.

i. Application: SEAIRAIRWAYS.
2. Date offirst publication: February 14,2006


S4. Purpose ofservices: Passenger, mail and freight
5. Provisional time table:
S .... Local Times


o7oo/O7 Daily
10oo/1225 Dail.
1600/1625 Daily

6. Frequency offlights: See above time-table.

7. Type ofAircraft: Piper Aztec& Britten Norman Islander.

Any representation regarding or objection thereto in accordance with Regulation io must be
received by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport & Aviation & the Department of Civil
Aviation within fourteen (14) days after the date offirst publication of this Notice.




In accordance with the provisions of Regulation 9 of the CivilAviation (Licensing ofAir
Services) Regulations 1976, the Minister responsiblefor Aviation hereby publishes the
following particulars of the under-mentioned applicant to operate scheduled air services to and
from The Bahamas.

.. Application: SKY UNLIMITED. LTD.
, : Date offirst publication February 14,2006

4. Purpose of services: Passenger, mail and freight.

5-. Provisional time table:
Local Times





6. Frequency offlights: See above time-table.

7. Type ofAircraft: BEECH 1900

Any representation regarding or objection thereto in accordance with Regulation zo must be
received by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport &Aviation & the Department of Civil
Aviation within fourteen (14) days after the date offirstpublication of this Notice.









IIown-town improvement Initiative



In accordance with the provisions ofRegulation 9 of the Civil Aviation (Licensing ofAir
Services) Regulations 1976, the Minister responsible for Aviation hereby publishes the
following particulars of the under-mentioned applicant to operate scheduled air services to and
from The Bahamas.
1. Application: WESTERNAIR.
2. Date offirstpublication: February 14, 2006

4: .. Purpose of services: Passenger, mail and freight.
5. Provisional time table:
Local Times







6. Frequency offlights: See above time-table.
7. TypeofAircraft: BEECH 190>..,
Any representation regarding or objection thereto in accordance with Regulation io must be
received by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport &Aviation & the Department of Civil
Aviation within fourteen (14) days after the date offirst publication of this Notice.



In accordance with the provisions of Regulation 9 of the CivilAviation (Licensing ofAir
Services) Regulations 1976, the Minister responsible for Aviation hereby publishes the
following particulars of the under-mentioned applicant to operate scheduled air services to and
. from The Bahamas.
2. Date offirstpublication: February 14, 2006

4. Purpose ofservices: Passenger, mail and freight.
5. Provisional time table:
Local Times


o8oo/o045 M, W, TH, SA
o9o00/1045 "a a
1400/1445 Sun
1500/1545 "


M, W&F
M, W&F
M, W&F
M, W&F ,

9oo00/930 M, W&SA
0945/u015 M, W &SA

1225/ 1245




6. Frequency offlights: See above time-table.

7. TypeofAircraft:


Any representation regarding or objection thereto in accordance with Regulation oi must be
received by thedPermanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport & Aviation & the Department of Civil
Aviation within fourteen (14) days after the date offirst publication of this Notice.


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PICTURED from L to R: Sergeant Percentie, Royal Bahamas Police Force; Gregory Pinder,
Micronet Business Technology; ASP Rahming, Royal Bahamas Police Force

Private sector aids

police in crime fight

THE Downtown Improve- opment Board spearheaded the
ment Initiative (DII) has spoh- Downtown Improvement Ini-
sored the purchase of a laptop tiative in 2003. The programme
computer for Assistant Super- is financially supported by par-
intendent Rahming and the ticipating businesses downtown
Bahamas Visitor Safety and and the Ministry of Tourism,
Security Board (BVSSB), in a which works with other Min-
bid to further enhance the fight istries to remedy structural,
against crime, social and other deficiencies
Influence The Bahamas Visitor Safety
and Security Board was spear-
"Crime is an important influ- headed by the Royal Bahamas
ence which can adversely affect Police Force and the Ministry
any area,' i-iii'y-iiiy. iie of Touriin in late 2005. The
of the goals of the cre- ,,; i i ti;i.: seeks. t o address
ate an environment that is crimes against visitors in tourist
clean and safe for visitors who areas such as Cable Beach, Par-
want to experience Historic adise Island and Downtown
Nassau" said Suzane':Pjit- Nassau.
tusch-Smith, senior manager of
the Nassau Tourism and Devel- Supported
opment Board.
The Ministry of Tourism and The BVSSB is supported by
the Nassau Tourism and Devel- organizations such as the

Bahamas Hotel Association,
the Nassau Tourism and Devel-
opment Board, the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce and
Safe Bahamas.


"Environmental,crimes such
as graffiti, litter and dirty
buildings, feed the human ele-
ment of crime. When you feed
something it grows. Quality of
life crimes such as harassment,
peddling and vagrancy may
seem harmless if not annoying,
but they can lead to more seri-
ous crimes" added Charles
Klonaris, chairman of the Nas-
sau Tourism and Development
"I invite the entire private
sector to join us in our endeav-
or to make take this City to a
higher level."





The Re-Opening of the Supreme Court will be held on Wednesday, 15 February
2006 in Rawson Square, Bay Street at 10:00a.m.

From 6:00a.m. until after the Ceremony in Rawson Square, the following Streets
will be closed to vehicular traffic:-

* Bay Street between Frederick Street and East Street
* Charlotte Street between Shirley Street and Woodes Rodgers Wharf
* Parliament Street between Shirley Street and Woodes Rodgers Wharf
* Bank Lane between Shirley Street and Bay Street

From 6:00a.m. until after the Ceremony, no vehicle will be permitted to park on
the following Streets:

* Bay Street between Frederick Street and East Street Both Sides
* Parliament Street between Woodes Rodgers Wharf and Both Sides
East Hill Street
* Bank Lane between Shirley Street and Bay Street Both Sides
* East Street between Shirley Street and Woodes Rogers Both Sides
* Woodes Rodgers Wharf between East Street and Frederick Both Sides

From 6:00a.m. on Wednesday, 15 February 2006, vehicular traffic traveling east
along Bay Street will be diverted north and south along Frederick Street, vehicular
traffic wanting to continue east along Bay Street must travel east along Woodes
Rodgers Wharf to East Street, south along East Street to Bay Street and then east
along Bay Street.

Parking for Cabinet Ministers will be provided at the Cabinet Office Parking Lot.
Members of Parliament and Senators parking will be provided at Bank Lane.

Paul H. Farquharson, Q.P.M.
Commissioner of Police

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Results from Club Monica track and field meet

Girls 100 Meter Dash U-13 Preliminaries
1, Miller, Shaune, Striders, 13.34q. 2, Hart, Kendace,
Sir Gerald Cash, 14.13q. 3, Cummings, Crashante, Road
Runners, 14.14q. 4, Branon, Bria, Road Runners, 14.30q.
:,. Rolle. Lakeisha, Star Trackers, 14.38q. 6, Rolle, Jessica,
Spirit OF Excel, 14.42q. 7, Minus, Raygene, Carmichael,
14.69q. 8, Ferguson, Ronnecia, Untouchables, 14.72q.
9, Rolle, Norissa, Cleveland Eneas, 14.73. 10, Darville,
Demerus, Star Trackers, 14.93. 11, King, Garyn, Striders,
15.03. 12, Stubbs, Roniqua, Carmichael, 15.06. 13,
Williams, Spring, Spirit OF Excel, 15.07. 14, Dorsette,
lyokie, Woodcock Primary, 15.16. 15, Dean, Philisa,
Mable Walker, 15.32. 16, Johnson, Natishka, Spirit OF
Excel, 15.41. 17, Brown, Renee, Carmichael, 15.44. 17,
Chhrlton, Devynne, Star Trackers, 15.44. 19, Kemp,
Deandra, Road Runners, 15.63. 20, Russell, Carlisa, Star
Trackers, 15.66. 21, Dean, Cadeja, Mable Walker, 15.72.
22, Carice, Shoudley, Woodcock Primary, 15.84. 23,
Moultrie, Danielle, Road Runners, 15.95. 24, Smith,
Obriah, Cleveland Eneas, 16.08. 25, Gray, Claudesha,
Woodcock Primary, 17.88. 26, Sideline, Katia, Mable
Walker, 18.64.
Girls 100 Meter Dash U-17
1, White, lesha, Star Trackers, 12.25q. 2, Bodie, Krys-
tal, Club Monica, 12.38q. 3, Dorsett, Ashlee, Club Mon-
ica, 12.75q. 4, Hield, Shenee, Club Monica, 12.88q. 5,
Dorsett, P'Lar, Star Trackers, 12.94q. 6, Collie, Skye,
Ambassador, 13.09q. 7, Bowe, Philandia, C.R. Walker,
13.16q. 8. Glinton, Leeza, Star Trackers, 13.26q. 9, Brown,
Shakara, C.R. Walker, 13.56. 10, Cooper, Charita, Club
Monica, 13.63. 11, Moss, Davina, T-Bird Flyers, 13.69.12,
Pratt, Vanette, Road Runners, 13.84. 13, Forbes, Kenisha,
Ambassador, 13.88. 14, Fernander, Jewel, Star Trackers,
13.95.15, Nabbie, Brinea, Bahamas Elite, 14.03.16, Barr,
Indira, S.C. McPHERSON, 14.38. 17, Wilson, Javonya,
Club Monica, 14.59. 18, Vergill, Megan, T-Bird Flyers,
15.09. 19, Bethel, Alexia, Heritage, 16.72. 20, Dorsett,
Kendra, Heritage, 17.47.
Girls 100 Meter Dash U-15
1, Johnson, Printassia, Star Trackers, 12.16q. 2, Cash,
Sparkyl, Spirit OF Excel, 12.31q. 3, Robinsoni, V'Alonee,
Club Monica, 12.75q. 4, Rahming, Kayriel, Spirit OF
Excel, 13.03q. 5, Colebrooke, Vashti, Road Runners,
13.26q. 6, Colebrook, Vashti, Club Monica, 13.44q. 7,
Hield, Simara, Spirit OF Excel, 13.47q. 8, Taylor, Mon-
alisa, Club Monica, 13.63q. 9, Fernander, Nashan, S.C.
McPHERSON, 13.72. 10, Levarity, Teneisha, Bahamas
Elite. 13.82. 11, Roberts, Antonia, S.C. McPHERSON,
13.91. 12, Russell, Florazel, Bahamas Elite, 13.94. 13,
Smith, Artheria, Nassau Christian, 14.09. 14, Stubbs,
Stephanie, Road Runners, 14.19. 15, MACKEY, Sara,
Nassau Christian, 14.28. 16, Simms, Gekeria, Road Run-
ners, 14.34. 17, Jean Charles, Minouche, Mable Walker,
14.44. 18, Foulkes, Ashley, T-Bird Flyers, 14.63. 19,
Edgecombe, Aliyah, Spirit OF Excel, 14.70. 20, Johnson,
Shanice. Bahamas Elite, 15.38. 21, Martin, Nevelica,
Mable Walker, 15.48.
Girls 100 Meter Dash U-9
1, Butler, Asia, Spirit OF Excel, 15.97q. 2, Johnson,
Amber, Spirit OF Excel, 16.52q. 3, Curry, Chyna, Strid-
ers, 18.10q. 4, Miller, Cindera, Mable Walker, 18.46q. 5,
Pratt, Davianne, Road Runners, 18.84q. 6, Lewis, Shan-
tavia, Striders, 20.41q. 7, Wallace, Shanell, Woodcock
Primary, 20.80q. 8, Butler, Angel, Road Runners, 23.13q.
Girls 100 Meter Dash U-11
1, Frazer, Khadijha, Striders, 13.86q. 2, Rolle, Taryn,
Star Trackers, 14.73q. 3, Miller, Faythe, Road Runners,
14.80q. 4, Forbes, Perissa, Club Monica, 15.78q. 5, Hen-
derson, Janeice, Spirit OF Excel, 15.97q. 6, Richardson,
Martiqua, Club Monica, 16.05q. 7, Harriott, Savannah,
Club Monica, 16.09q. 8, Wallace, Denzell, Striders,
16.34q. 9, Butler, Tyran, Striders, 16.63. 10, Rolle, Kriza,
Road Runners, 16.64. 11, Smith, Laquesha, Bahamas
Elite, 17.03.12, Ferguson, Jahlissa, Mable Walker, 17.38.
13, Miller, Artisa, Mable Walker, 17.44. 14, Kemp,
Dionte, Striders, 17.64. 15, Darville, Marisha, Spirit OF
Excel, 19.03. 16, Burrows, Rache, Woodcock Prirnary,
Girls 100 Meter Dash U-11 Finals
1, Frazer, Khadijha, Striders, 14.06.2, Miller, Faythe,
Road Runners, 15.09. 3, Rolle, Taryn, Star, Trackers,
15.26. 4, Harriott, Savannah, Club Monica, 16.15. 5,
Forbes, Perissa, Club Monica, 16.26. 6, Richardson, Mar-
tiqua, Club Monica, 16.36. 7, Henderson, Janeice, Spir-
it OF Excel, 16.55. 8, Wallace, Denzell, Striders, 16.98.
Girls 100 Meter Dash U-9
1, Butler, Asia, Spirit OF Excel, 15.97. 2, Johnson,
Amber, Spirit OF Excel, 16.52. 3. Curry, Chyna, Striders,
18.10. 4, Miller, Cindera, Mable Walker, 18.46. 5, Pratt,
Davianne, Road Runners, 18.84. 6, Lewis, Shantavia,
Striders, 20.41. 7, Wallace, Shanell, Woodcock Primary,
20.80. 8, Butler, Angel, Road Runners, 23.13.
Girls 100 Meter Dash U-15
1, Johnson, Printassia, Star Trackers, 12.38. 2, Cash,
Sparkyl, Spirit OF Excel, 12.53. 3, Robinson, V'Alonee,
Club Monica, 12.90. 4, Colebrooke, Vashti, Road Run-
ners, 13.45. 5, Rahming, Kayriel, Spirit OF Excel, 13.86.
6, Hield, Simara, Spirit OF Excel, 14.00. 7, Colebrook,
Vashti, Club Monica, 14.02. 8, Taylor, Monalisa, Club
Monica, 14.07.
Girls 100 Meter Dash U-17
1, Bodie, Krystal, Club Monica, 12.56. 2, White, lesha,
Star Trackers, 12.70. 3, Dorsett, Ashlee, Club Monica,
12.90. 4, Dorsett, P'Lar, Star Trackers, 13.18. 5, Glinton,
Leeza, Star Trackers, 13.47. 6, Hield, Shenee, Club Mon-
ica, 15.00.
Girls 100 Meter Dash U-13
1, Miller, Shaune. Striders, 13.79. 2; Rolle, Lakeisha,
Star Trackers, 14.47. 3, Hart, Kendace, Sir Gerald Cash,
14.68. 4, Branon, Bria, Road Runners, 14.68. 5, Ferguson,
Ronnecia, Untouchables, 14.84. 6, Rolle, Jessica, Spirit
OF Excel. 14.85. 7, Minus, Raygene, Carmichael, 16.02.
Girls 400 Meter Run U-11 Preliminaries
1, Gibson, Danielle, Striders, 1:11.06q. 2, Darville,
Eyeiessa, Spirit OF Excel, 1:12.44q. 3, Thompson, Talia,
Striders, 1:13.35q. 4, Walker, Vanillian, Striders, 1:13.99q.
5, McDONALD, Eva, Club Monica, 1:14.44q. 6, Shaw,
Gabrielle, Striders, 1:17.86q. 7, Powell, Zahra, Striders,
1:19.11q. 8, Dorsett, Felicity, Road Runners, 1:19.39q. 9,
Sands, Bria, Striders, 1:20.26. 10, Rose, Javanthe, Strid-
ers, 1:20.96. 11, Wallace, Denzell, Striders, 1:23.17. 12,
Dean, Charlize, Road Runners, 1:24.69. 13, Jean Charles,
Shanika, Mable Walker, 1:26.38. 14, Smith, Anthonique,
Striders, 1:27.52. 15, Minns, Camille, Unattached, 1:30.14.
16, Evans, Sheryl, Sir Gerald Cash, 1:32.28. 17, Ferguson,
Jahlissa, Mable Walker, 1:34.60. 18, Rolle, Kriza, Road
Runners, 1:39.72. 19, Morfiston, Geraldine, Woodcock
Primary, 2:35.25.
Girls 400 Meter Run U-13
1, Gray, Carlisa, Road Runners, 1:07.41q. 2, Stubbs,
Ashley, Striders, 1:09.16q. 3, Thompson, Courtney, Club
Monica, 1:09.61q. 4, Knowles, Rachel, Striders, 1:10.10q.
5, Butler, Anthonique, Road Runners, 1:10.78q. 6,
Roberts, Krystal, Striders, 1:11.88q. 7, Ferguson, Khadi-
jha, Striders, 1:14.28q. 8, Missick, Edvania, Road Run-
ners, 1:15.00q. 9, Bain, Ashley, Carmichael, 1:17.25. 10,
Rolle, Alexis, Mable Walker, 1:17.77. 11, Simons,
Andrewnique, Cleveland Eneas, 1:19.56. 12, Seymour,
Antillia, Club Monica, 1:20.82. 13, Miller, Angel, Cleve-
land Eneas, 1:20.97. 14, Wong, Melissa, Striders, 1:21.08.
15, Coakley, Branae, T-Bird Flyers. 1:25.13. 16, Rolle,
Charity, Nassau Christian, 1:26.29. 17, Fierce, Marvinique,
Mable Walker, 1:27.95. 18, Evans, Q, Woodcock Prima-
ry, 1:27.96. 19, Finder, Ashly, Striders, 1:28.45. 20, Stubbs,
Roniqua, Carmichael, 1:28.53. 21, Colebrook, Crystal,
Mable Walker, 1:30.91. 22, Matthews, Jodi, Carmichael,
1:31.23. 23. Woods, Dante. Sir Gerald Cash, 1:32.55. 24,
Sideline, Katia, Mable Walker, 1:34.08. 25, Davis,
Devene, Carmichael, 1:37.38. 26, Louissant, Cenzie,
Mable Walker, 1:44.66.27, Sands, Burdecia, Carmichael,
Girls 400 Meter Run U-9
1, Moss, Amaya, Striders, 1:38.81q. 2, Shaw, Danielle,

Striders, 1:40.20q.
Girls 400 Meter Run U-17
1, Richards, Keytrina, Striders, 1:02.53q. 2, Bartlett,
Waltonique, Golden Eagles, 1:02.82q. 3, Musgrove,
Amanda, Star Trackers, 1:03.07q. 4, Innocent, Charlene,
Road Runners, 1:03.90q. 5, Bethel, Takai, Unattached,
1:05.25q. 6, Woodside, Monica, Striders, 1:08.18q. 7,
Barr, Indira, S.C. McPHERSON, 1:09.34q. 8, Mortimer,
Darenique, Speed Dynamics, 1:09.50q. 9, Munroe,
Kharisma. Nassau Christian, 1:11.16. 10, Ferguson, Brit-
tney, C.R. Walker, 1:14.44. 11, Mejias, Pedirea, S.C.
McPHERSON, 1:28.38. 12, Armbrister, Royann, Her-

itage, 1:38.78.
Girls 400 Meter Run U-15
1, Bethel, Pollyann, Road Runners, 1:02.75q. 2, Cul-
mer, Kenya, Striders, 1:03.45q. 3, Dean, Rashanda, Road
Runners, 1:04.10q. 4, Ferguson, Rhema, Star Trackers,
1:06.15q. 5, Dean, Devanique, Cavaliers, 1:06.50q. 6,
Taylor, Marquinique, Bahamas Elite, 1:06.56q. 7, King,
Chanae, Striders, 1:06.78q. 8, Miller, Shaunte, Striders,
1:07.01q. 9, Bowleg, Latonia, Road Runners, 1:07.07.
10, Sands, Desirae, Striders, 1:07.53. 11, Thompson,
Chelsea, Club Monica, 1:07.97. 12, Rolle, Kryshell, Strid-
ers, 1:08.75. 13, Strachan, Marissa, Star Trackers, 1:16.35.
14, Elme, Shanika, Bahamas Elite, 1:17.26. 15, Deveaux,
Deandra, Road Runners, 1:17.93.16, Martin, Nevelica,
Mable Walker, 1:18.69.
Girls 800 Meter Run U-17
1, Wilson, Lexi, Striders, 2:31.40. 2, Bartlett, Wal-
tonique, Golden Eagles, 2:35.24. 3, Dorsett, Tai, Star
Trackers, 2:36.82. 4, Rolle, Behanker, Nassau Christian,
2:39.91. 5, Oxgenor, Carmen, Striders, 2:51.69.
Girls 800 Meter Run U-15
1, Rolle, Hughnique, T-Bird Flyers, 2:34.81. 2, Dean,
Rashanda, Road Runners, 2:38.10. 3, Adderley, Chantal,
Star Trackers, 2:41.13. 4, Miller, Shaunte, Striders, 2:42.47.
5, Romer, Phylicia, Striders, 2:44.25. 6, Watt, Erneshia,
S.C. McPHERSON, 2:48.59. 7, Rolle, Candisha, Her-
itage, 3:08.75. 8, Fawkes, Raven, Westminister, 3:19.03.
Girls 800 Meter Run U-13
1, Bonimy, Veronica, S.C. McPHERSON, 2:52.78.
2, Dean, Cadeja, Mable Walker, 3:05.83. 3, Brown, Zah-
nae, Striders, 3:11.42. 4, Basden, Senique, Striders,
3:19.47. 5, Wong, Melissa, Striders, 3:20.16. 6, Pinder,
Ashly, Striders, 3:54.54. 7, Colebrook, Crystal, Mable
Walker, 4:30.94. 8, Flowers, Donnalisa, Woodcock Pri-
mary, 4:37.07.
Girls 75 Meter Hurdles U-15
1, Robinson, V'Alonee, Club Monica, 12.05.2, Wright,
Roniqua, Nassau Christian, 19.19.
Girls 100 Meter Hurdles U-17
1, Bodie, Krystal, Club Monica, 14.33. 2, Mullings,
Tess, Club Monica, 15.66. 3, Dorsett, P'Lar, Star Track-
ers, 16.38. 4, Rose, Vanricka, T-Bird Flyers, 20.47.
Girls 4x100 Meter Relay U-17
1, Club Monica Athletics 'A' 49.68. 2, Star Trackers
'A' 50.07.
Girls 4x100 Meter Relay U-1l
1, Striders Track & Field Club 'A' 1:01.41. 2, Road
Runners Track Club 'A' 1:04.84.3, Club Monica Athletics
'A' 1:05.19.
Girls 4x100 Meter Relay U-9
1, Striders Track & Field Club 'A' 1:32.04.
Girls 4x100 Meter Relay U-13
1, Striders Track & Field Club 'A' 58.81. 2, Spirit
OF Excellence 'A' 1:00.01. 3, Road Runners Track Club
'A' 1:00.49. 4, Cleveland Eneas Primary School 'A'
1:01.46. 5, Carmichael Primary School 'A' 1:03.00. 6,
Star Trackers 'A' 1:03:87.
Girls 4x100 Meter Relay U-15
1, Club Monica Athletics 'A' 53.13. 2, Road Run-
ners Track Club 'A' 53.50. 3, Spirit OF Excellence 'A'
53.84. 4, Star Trackers 'A' 55.84. 5, Striders Track &
Field Club 'A' 56.16. 6, Mt. Carmel Preparatory Acade-
my 'A' 59.68.
Girls High Jump U-15
1, Hield, Simara, Spirit OF Excel, 1.42m. 2, Culmer,
Kenya, Striders, J1.42m. 3, Romer, Phylicia, Striders,
1.37m. 3, Rahming, Kayriel, Spirit OF Excel, 1.37m. 5,
Bethel, Pollyann, Road Runners, J1.37m. 6, Charlton,
Lauren, Star Trackers, J1.37m. 7, Young, Lyndia, S.C.
McPHERSON, 1.32m. --, Miller, Shaunte, Striders, NH.
--, Bair, Ashlee, Stat Trackers, NH.
Girls Long Jump U-17
1, Fernander, Jewel, Star Trackers, 4.48m. 2, Mien
Amie, Youdline, C.I. Gibson, 4.42m. 3, Ferguson, Brit-
tney, C.R. Walker, 4.04m. 4, Bootle, Synesha, Jumpers
Inc., 3.87m. 5, Parker, Lindsay, Jumpers Inc., 3.68m.
Girls Shot Put U-17
1, Dames, Terelle, T-Bird Flyers, 6.59m.
Women 100 Meter Dash OPEN Preliminaries
1, Ferguson, Sheniqua,'Speed Dynamics, 12.05q. 2,
Webb, T'Shonda, Speed Dynamics, 12.25q. 3, Rolle, Tia,
Club Monica, 12.64q. 4, Bethel, Vernell, Untouchables,
12.72q. 5, Fountain, Brittney, C.R. Walker, 12.86q. 6,
Curry, Tyrice, C.R. Walker, 13.01q. 7, Robinson, Karli-
ca, Ambassador, 13.10q. 8, Major, Mickel, Star Trackers,
13.81q. 9, Cargill, Shakara, Club Monica, 14.03.
Women 100 Meter Dash OPEN Finals
1, Ferguson, Sheniqua, Speed Dynamics, 12.08..2,
Webb, T'Shonda, Speed Dynamics, 12.26. 3, Rolle, Tia,
Club Monica, 12.64. 4, Bethel, Vernell, Untouchables,
12.69. 5, Robinson, Karlica, Ambassador, 13.15. 6, Major,
Mickel, Star Trackers, 14.04.
Women 400 Meter Run OPEN Preliminaries
1, Armbrister, Cache', Speed Dynamics, 58.07q. 2,
Hanna, Ashley, C.R. Walker, 1:02.86q. 3, Missick,
Thereze, Star Trackers, 1:03.48q. 4, Pratt, Alexioneyye.
Striders, 1:03.62q. 5, Sherman, Glendera, Speed Dynam-
ics, 1:04.43q. 6, Miller, Rudena, Road Runners, 1:05.45q.
7, Ferguson, Andira, Club Monica, 1:07.12q. 8, Knowles,
Mieliaella, C.R. Walker, 1:07.66q. 9, Davis, Tamika,
Ambassador, 1:09.12. 10, Eylando, Tina, Club Monica,
Women 800 Meter Run OPEN
1, Nicolls, Romona, Striders, 2:24.65.2, Humes, Phili-
cia, Ambassador, 2:32.29. 3, Smith, Itsa, T-Bird Flyers,
Women 100 Meter Hurdles OPEN
1, Wright, Shannise, Ambassador, 15.03. 2, Rolle,
Leneice, Star Trackers, 15.28. 3, Cumberbatch, Michelle,
Club Monica, 15.53.
Women 4x100 Meter Relay OPEN
-, Club Monica Athletics 'A' FS.
Women Long Jump OPEN
1, Wright, Eunae, Nassau Christian, 4.88m. 2,
Knowles, Michaella, C.R. Walker, 3.12m.
Women Shot Put OPEN
1; Rolle, Deandrea, Unattached, 11.50m. 2, Lewis,
Krishanda, Unattached, 10.72m. 3, Hanna, Kenise, West-
minister, 6.94m. 4, Smith, Simone, Road Runners, 5.46m.
Boys 100 Meter Dash U-9 Preliminaries
1, Romer, Jyles, Striders, 16.03q. 2, Gibson, Dustin,
Striders, 16.34q. 3, Fowler, Tyler, Road Runners, 16.78q.
4, Powell, Lenford, Club Monica, 17.13q. 5, Cox, Tyrique,
Striders, 17.44q. 6, Rahming, Ennis, T-Bird Flyers, 17.75q.
7, Ferguson, Ronald, Untouchables, 18.13q. 8, Missick,
Abiah, Road Runners, 18.30q. 9, Smith, Nyjan, Striders,
18.39. 10, Hoyte, Antwan, Road Runners, 18.73. 11,
Johnson, Anthone, Striders, 19.03. 12, Bethel, Miquel,
Road Runners, 19.50. 13, Hall, Savron, Woodcock Pri-
mary, 19.76.
Boys 100 Meter Dash U-15
1, Wilmore, Aaron, Star Trackers, 11.56q. 2, Carter,
Harold, Spirit OF Excel, 12.31q. 3, Knowles, Brendon,
Ambassador, 12.54q. 4, Arnett, Jonathan, Star Trackers,
12.63q. 5, Clarke, Clinton, S.C. McPHERSON, 12.84q. 6,
Thompson, Zhivago, Spirit OF Excel, 12.89q. 7, Hall, Jer-
waine, Spirit OF Excel, 13.09q. 8, Seymour, Aursland,
Spirit OF Excel, 13.38q. 9, Hamilton, Ashby, Spirit OF
Excel, 13.46. 10, Forbes, Kieran, Heritage, 13.66. 11,
Bullard, Delmaro, Ambassador, 13.73. 12, Wilson, Philip,
Bahamas Elite, 13.91.13, Moxey, Kevin, Nassau Chris-
tian, 14.06. 14, Hart, Nathan, Mable Walker, 14.08. 15,
Moss, Owen, S.C. McPHERSON, 14.72. 16, Rahming,
Christie, Mable Walker, 15.13. 17, Dean, R'Chard, T-Bird
Flyers, 16.03. 18, Hoyte, Jamal, Road Runners, 16.06. 19,
Forbes, Kieron, Heritage, 21.27.
Boys 100 Meter Dash U-17
1, Rolle, Karlton, Star Trackers, 10.91q. 2, Lockhart,
Shawn, Road Runners, 11.06q. 3, Miller, Brandan,
Ambassador, 11.27q. 4, Brown, Gerard, Star Trackers,
11.31q. 4, Ward, Scotty, Road Runners, 11.31q. 6, Kemp,
Travis, Road Runners, 11.44q. 7, Wallace, Glister, Club

Monica, 11.53q. 8, Wong, Derek, Club Monica, 11.59q. 9,
Rahming, Tamar, Club Monica, 11.66. 10, Woodside,
Tenarli, C.I. Gibson, 11.69. 11, Stubbs, Kemuel, Star
Trackers, 11.75. 12, Richardson, Charles, Road Run-
ners, 11.84. 13, Rose, Patwell, Star Trackers, 11.88. 14,
Rolle, Donald, Club Monica, 11.94. 15, Thompson,
Tanaz, Prince William, 12.03.16, Gray, D'Angelo, C.R.
Walker, 12.05. 17, Clarke, Sterling, C.R. Walker, 12.18.
18, Cleare, Wayne, Spirit OF Excel, 12.22. 19, Russell,
Desmond, Kenyan Knights 12.23. 20, Cash, Errol, Club
Monica, 12.31. 21; Miller, Jack, C.R. Walker, 12.43. 22,
Gibson, E, Kenyan Knights, 12.44. 23, Sands, Eric, Prince
William, 12.55. 24, Godet, Travanti, Ambassador, 12.69.

25, Woodside, Kyleon, S.C. McPHERSON, 12.75. 26,
Creary, Leonard, Prince William, 12.88. 27, Charles,
Marc, Untouchables, 12.98. 28, McINTOSH, Vernal,
Unattached, 13.03, 29, Hall, Vernaldo, Road Runners,
Boys 100 Meter Dash U-ll
1, Burrows, Tyrone, Spirit OF Excel, 14.31q. 2, Dun-
combe, Mark, Striders, 14.63q. 3, Culmer, Kaiwan, Strid-
ers, 14.91q. 4, Elme, Rubin, Bahamas Elite, 15.00q. 5, Far-
rington, Claude, Road Runners, 15.16q. 6, Forbes,
Demitri, Road Runners, 15.27q. 7, Thompson, Tre-
vaughn, Road Runners, 15.53q. 8, Brown, Eythan, Star
Trackers, 15.55q. 9, Nottage, Donavon, Road Runners,
15.76. 10, Cash, Scharan, Spirit OF Excel, 15.86. 11,
Mullings, Daniel, Club Monica, 16.14. 12, Cash, Shalom,
Spirit OF Excel, 16.20. 13, Cash, Justin, Mable Walker,
16.50. 13, Brown, Deronta, Mable Walker, 16.50. 15,
Nairn-Smith, Domonic, Bahamas Elite, 16.55.16, Rox,
Raynard, Woodcock Primary, 16.84. 17, Stevens, Ter-
rieko, Bahamas Elite,,16.91. 18, Hart, Ramon, Cava-
liers, 17.03.19, Woodside, Amos, Carmichael, 17.30. 20,
Johnson, Brent, Bahamas Elite, 17.60.21, Carey, Stephen,
Bahamas Elite, 18.41.
Boys 100 Meter Dash U-13
1, Culmer, Giovanni, Star Trackers, 13.11q. 2, Far-
rington, Davaine, Carmichael, 13.31q. 3, Cash, James,
Spirit OF Excel, 13.38q. 4, Culmer, Kirkland, Striders,
13.66q. 5, Butler, Ashton, Star Trackers, 13.70q. 6, New-
bold, Stephen, Star Trackers, 13.97q. 6, Adderley, Mar-
cus, Club Monica, 13.97q. 8, Collie, Latario, Club Mon-
ica, 14.08q. 9, Fox, Alcott, Cavaliers, 14.19. 10, Morgan,
Delroy, Carmichael, 14.27. 11, MACKEY, Sharad, Nas-
sau Christian, 14.31. 12, Collie, Lathone, Club Monica,
14.44. 13, Rahming Gerrio, Spirit OF Excel, 14.75. 14,
Sanders, Westin, T-Bird Flyers, 14.78..15, Williams,
Devon, Carmichael, 14.83. 16, Rigby, Rayford, Road
Runners, 15.03. 17, Wood, Bradley, Club Monica, 15.09.
18, Smith, Sirrano, Road Runners, 15.13. 18, Johnson,
Datron, Club Monica, 15.13. 20, Knowles, Kelvin, Road
Runners; 15.42. 21, Brown, Ramon, Mable Walker, 15.56.
22, Munnings, Jael, Woodcock Primary, 15.72. 23, Pugh,
Joseph, Road Runners, 15.89.24, Johnson, Jamaal, Spir-
it OF Excel, 16.08. 25, Pratt, Jerry, Mable Walker, 16.31.
26, Mullings, Alex, Club Monica, 17.26. 27, MACKEY,
Kenrick, Mable Walker, 17.77. 28, Thompson, Miguel,
Woodcock Primary, 18.58.
Boys 100 Meter Dash U-13 Finals
1, Culmer, Giovanni, Star Trackers, 13.30. 2, Cash,
James, Spirit OF Excel, 13.71. 3, Farrington, Davaine,
Carmichael, 13.72. 4, Culmer, Kirkland, Striders, 13.79.
5, Newbold, Stephen, Star Trackers, 14.57. 6, Butler,
Ashton, Star Trackers, 14.74. 7, Adderley, Marcus, Club
Monica, 14.94. 8, Collie, Latario, Club Monica, 14.95.
Boys 100 Meter Dash U-15
S1, Wilmore, Aaron, Star Trackers, 11.59. 2, Carter,
Harold, Spirit OF Excel, 12.52. 3, Knowles, Brendon,
Ambassador, 12.87. 4, Clarke, Clinton, S.C. McPHER-
SON, 12.98. 5, Arnett, Jonathan, Star Trackers, 13.30. 6,
Seymour, Aursland, Spirit OF Excel, 13.33. 7, Hall, Jer-
waine, Spirit OF Excel, 13.38. 8, Thompson, Zhivago,
Spirit OF Excel, 13.89.
Boys 100 Meter Dash U-9
1, Romer, Jyles, Striders, 16.92. 2, Fowler, Tyler,
Road Runners, 17.38. 3, Gibson, Dustin, Striders, 17.60.
4, Cox, Tyrique, Striders, 18.33. 5, Rahming, Ennis, T-
Bird Flyers, 18.39. 6, Powell, Lenford, Club Monica,
18.41. 7, Missick, Abiah, Road Runners, 18.48. 8, Fer-
guson, Ronald, Untouchables, 19.14.
Boys 100 Meter Dash U-11
1, Burrows, Tyrone, Spirit OF Excel, 14.73. 2, Dun-
combe, Mark, Striders, 14.86. 3, Culmer, Kaiwan, Strid-
ers, 15.13. 4, Elme, Rubin, Bahamas Elite, 15.25. 5,
Brown, Eythan, Star Trackers, 15.72.'6, Forbes, Demitri,
Road Runners, 15.83. 7, Thompson, Trevaughn, Road
Runners, 16.16. 8, Farrington, Claude, Road Runners,
Boys 100 Meter Dash U-17
1, Rolle, Karlton, Star Trackers, 11.18. 2, Lockhart,
Shawn, Road Runners, 11.38.3, Miller, Brandan, Ambas-
sador, 11.40. 4, Ward, Scotty, Road Runners, 11.59. 5,
Kemp, Travis, Road Runners, 11.68. 6, Wong, Derek,
Club Monica, 11.70. 7, Wallace, Glister, Club Monica,
Boys 400 Meter Run U-11 Preliminaries
1, Knowles, Jenero, Road Runners, 1:06.99q. 2, Rolle,
Kinard, Spirit OF Excel, 1:15.00q. 3, Evans, Morey,
Road Runners, 1:16.50q. 4, Bowleg, Anthony, Road
Runners, 1:19.81q. 5, Symonette, Xavier, Spirit OF Excel,
1:22.02q. 6, Smith, Andrew, Road Runners, 1:22.52q. 7,
Miller, Patrick, Mable Walker, 1:23.82q. 8, Fertil, Job,
Mable Walker, 1:29.82q. 9, Woodside, Amos, Carmichael,
1:32.35. 10, Coakley, Tamiko, Woodcock Primary,
1:36.53. 11, Nichols, Nathan, Woodcock Primary, 1:37.85.
12, Darling, Richard, Sir Gerald Cash, 1:38.96. 13,
Lafrance, Willis, Woodcock Primary, 1:41.30.
Boys 400 Meter Run U-17
1, Woodside, Aldrin, C.R. Walker, 54.17q. 2, Strachan,
Karro, Kenyan Knights, 54.29q. 3, Turnquest, Andy,
Kenyan Knights, 54.79q. 4, Neely, Ramon, Kenyan
Knights, 55.09q. 5, King, Raynaldo, Star Trackers, 55.55q.
6, Roberts, Alfred, C.R. Walker, 55.82q. 7, Rolle, Her-
man, C.R. Walker, 56.84q. 8, Bowe, Amos, Ambassador,
57.48q. 9, Deveaux, Delano, Road Runners, 58.17. 10,
Mulling, Wesley, Road Runners, 58.57. 11, Walker,
Elrich, Club Monica, 58.97. 12, Roberts, Karlos, Untouch-
ables, 1:01.83. 13, Cooper, Simeon, Striders, 1:02.22. 14,
Bain, Vernon, Nassau Christian, 1:03.71. 15, Rahming,
Javon, Striders, 1:03.86.16, Rodgers, Rashad, C.R. Walk-
er, 1:10.63. 17, Rolle, Deangelo, Club Monica, 1:14.24.
Boys 400 Meter Run U-9
1, Graham, Chad, Road Runners, 1:21.04q. 2, Nottage,
Julius, Striders, 1:22.39q. 3, Rolle, Bradson, Road Run-
ners, 1:22.54q. 4, Knowles, Cameron, Striders, 1:26.57q.
5, Miller, Jamison, Road Runners, 1:33.73q. 6, Davis,
Laronn, Sir Gerald Cash, 1:39.08q. 7, Kelly, Mariano,
Striders, 1:43.82q. 8, Rolle, Brandon, Woodcock Prima-
Boys 400 Meter Run U-15
1, Creary, Devon, Star Trackers, 53.45q. 2, Burnside,
Nejmi, T-Bird Flyers, 56.86q. 3, Kerr, Drew, Road Run-
ners, 58.19q. 4, Burrows, Shaquille, Club Monica, 58.68q.
5, Babbs, Teheniel, Striders, 1:00.27q. 6, Brown, McGAR-
RETT, Star Trackers, 1:00.63q. 7, Adderley, Kristoff,
Road Runners, 1:00.94q. 8, Stubbs, Ashton, Striders,
1:03.38q. 9, Whyms, Paul, Road Runners, 1:03.98. 10,
Ferguson, Byron, T-Bird Flyers, 1:05.16. 11, Clarke, Ken-
neth, Nassau Christian, 1:09.09. 12, Rahming, Christie,
Mable Walker, 1:18.75. 13, Thompson, Reynado, Mable
Walker, 1:31.85.
Boys 400 Meter Run U-13
1, Lafleur, Lopez, Striders, 1:04.19q. 2, Bowleg, Mav-
erick, Road Runners, 1:06.91q. 3, Major, Desmond,
Bahamas Elite, 1:07.19q. 4, Collie, Latario, Club Moni-
ca, 1:09.52q, 5, Hall, Bennett, Road Runners, 1:10.35q. 6,'
Rolle, Oral, Club Monica, 1:11.82q. 7, Rolle, Keric, Spir-
it OF Excel, 1:12.28q. 8, Williams, Ashton, Striders,
1:12.54q. 9, Fernander, David, Spirit OF Excel, 1:13.07.
10, Williams, Adorian, Road Runners, 1:15.02. 11,
Williams, Alexander, Mable Walker, 1:20.63.12, Russell,
Lehandro, Road Runners, 1:21.05. 13, Williams, Devon,
Carmichael, 1:21.77. 14, Greene, Kurtwood, Cavaliers,
1:21.91. 15, Pinder, Niquille, Cavaliers, 1:22.49. 16,
Lawrence, Leox, Mable Walker, 1:22.84. 17, Scavella,
Rashad, Carmichael, 1:23.91. 18, Butler, Anthony, Road
Runners, 1:24.35. 19, Bain, Kendal, Road Runners,
1:24.69. 20, Rahming, Alexander, Sir Gerald Cash,
Boys 800 Meter Run U-15
1, Clarke, Claudlyn, Star Trackers, 2:16.58. 2, Coop-

er, Dwayne, Kenyan Knights, 2:21.52. 3, Bethel,
Jonathan, T-Bird Flyers, 2:28.41. 4, Rahming Earl, T-Bird
Flyers, 2:29.19. 5, Major, Blair, Star Trackers, 2:33.59. 6,
Minns, Marvin, Spirit OF Excel, 2:39.36. 7, Mortimer,
Juan, T-Bird Flyers, 2:43.91. 8, Albury, Gene, T-Bird
Flyers, 2:45.56. 9, Nathan, Phillip, Nassau Christian,
2:58.11. 10, Brice, Pedro, Westminister, 3:01.50.
Boys 800 Meter Run U-17
1, Wallace-Whitfield, Kenneth, Star Trackers, 2:01.95.
2, Thompson, Trevino, Road Runners, 2:02.44. 3, New-
bold, Laquardo, T-Bird Flyers, 2:03.47.4, Neely, Ramon,
Kenyan Knights, 2:03.78. 5, Lewis, Kenneth, Kenyan
Knights, 2:11.06. 6, Gibson, Renaldo, C.R. Walker,
2:12.07. 7, Swaby, Nicholas, T-Bird Flyers, 2:12.99. 8,
Rolle, Cerio, Spirit OF Excel, 2:13.36. 9, Miller, Justin, T-
Bird Flyers, 2:13.69. 10, Major, Preston, Ambassador,

2:19.02. 11, McKENZIE, Jason, Nassau Christian, 2:19.34.
12, Blair, Shane, S.C. McPHERSON, 2:36.14.13, Brown,
Deneko, Prince William, 2:44.78.
Boys 800 Meter Run U-13
1, Lafleur, Lopez, Striders, 2:29.22. 2, Major,
Desmond, Bahamas Elite, 2:54.27. 3, Fernander, David,
Spirit OF Excel, 3:17.27.
Boys 80 Meter Hurdles U-15
1, Wilmore, Aaron, Star Trackers, 12.04. 2, Burn-
side, Nejmi, T-Bird Flyers, 12.81.3, MACKEY, Sidney,
Nassau Christian, 15.63.
Boys 100 Meter Hurdles U-17
1, Arnett, Nathan, Star Trackers, 13.81. 2, Taylor,
Kristen, Club Monica, 14.14.3, Wong, Derek, Club Mon-
ica, 15.59.
Boys 4x100 Meter Relay U-17
1, Star Trackers 'A' 44.33. 2, Road Runners Track.
Club 'A' 45.28. 3, Club Monica Athletics 'A' 46.26. 4-,
Kenyan Knights 'A' 46.69.
Boys 4x100 Meter Relay U-9
1, Striders Track & Field Club 'A' 1:10.13. 2, Road
Runners Track Club 'A' 1:11.82.
Boys 4x100 Meter Relay U-11
1, Road Runners Track Club 'A' 1:00.33. 2, Striders
Track & Field Club 'A' 1:02.19.3, Spirit OF Excellenc-
'A' 1:03.72. 4, Road Runners Track Club 'B' 1:05.60.
Boys 4x100 Meter Relay U-15
1, Star Trackers 'A' 50.09. 2, Spirit OF Excellence 'A"
Boys 4x100 Meter Relay U-13 '
1, Star Trackers 'A' 56.33. 2, Mt. Carmel Preparato
ry Academy 'A' 56.66. 3, Spirit OF Excellence 'A' 57.03;
4, Road Runners Track Club 'A' 58.32. 5, Striders Track!
& Field Club 'A' 58.63. 6, Club Monica Athletics 'A.
59.30.7, Road Runners Track Club 'B' 1:05.94.8, Woo&d
cock Primary 'A' 1:14.10.
Boys Long Jump U-11
1, Knowles, Jenero, Road Runners, 3.98m. 2, Elme;
Rubin, Bahamas Elite, 3.93m. 3, Nottage, Donavori
Road Runners, 3.89m. 4, Duncombe, Mark, Striders,.
3.76m. 5, Culmer, Kaiwan, Striders, 3.75m. 6, Brown,
Eythan, Star Trackers, 3.72m. 7, Wilson, Thomas, Strid-
ers, 3.69m. 8, Pratt, Jamieson, Jumpers Inc., 3.64m. 9, Far-
rington, Claude, Road Runners, 3.50m. 10, Wilson, Tim-
othy, Striders, 3.49m. 10, Forbes, Demitri, Road Runners,
3.49m. 12, Mullings, Daniel, Club Monica, 3.06m. 13,
Thompson, Trevaughn, Road Runners, 3.05m. 14, Atkin-
son, Whithcliff, Road Runners, 3.04m. 14, Smith, Gaege,
Cavaliers, 3.04m. 16, Bowleg, Anthony, Road Runners,
2.98m. 17, Evans, Morey, Road Runners, 2.90m. 18,
Smith, Andrew, Road Runners, 2.87m. 19, Darville,
James, Cavaliers, 2.24m. 20, Treco, Thomas, Cavaliers,
Boys Long Jump U-17
1, Moxey, Rashad, Jumpers Inc., 6.53m. 2, Higgs,
Raymond, Kenyan Knights, 6.47m. 3, Taylor, Kristen,
Club Monica, 6.23m. 4, Smith, Ollen, C.R. Walker, 5.91m:
5, McKINNEY, Vincent, C.I. Gibson, 5.25m. 6, Creary,
Leonard, Prince William, 5.03m.
Boys Long Jump U9
1, Nottage, Julius, Striders, 3.49m. 2, Romer, Jyles,
Striders, 3.46m. 3, Graham, Chad, R6ad Runners, 3.19m.
4, Gibson, Dustin, Striders, 3.00m. 5, Cox, Tyrique, Strid-
ers, 2.97m. 6, Knowles, Cameron, Striders, 2.89m. 7,
Miller, Jamison, Road Runners, 2.67m. 8, Fowler, Tyler,
Road Runners, 2.55m. 9, Powell, Lenford, Club Monica,
2.53m. 10, Fernander, Jason, Cavaliers, 2.15m. 11, Hoyte
Antwan, Road Runners, 2.02m. 12, Missick, Abiah, Road
Runners, 2.00m.
Boys Shot Put U-15
1, Williams, Mario, Nassau Christian, 13.31m. 2,
Minus, Darvin, Star Trackers, 10.75m. 3, McPHEE,
Christopher, Nassau Christian, 10.44m.
Boys Javelin Throw U-17
1, Knowles, Raynaldo, Westminister, 22.35m. 2,
Bethel, Alex, Westminister, 21.14m.
Men 100 Meter Dash OPEN Preliminaries
1, Frazer, Everett, Ambassador, 10.38q. 2, Davis,
Jonathan, Kenyan Knights, 10.69q. 3, Saunders, Gerino,
Speed Dynamics, 10.84q. 4, Russell, Tian, Unattached,
10.98q. 5, Palacious, Montano, Ambassador, 11.06q. 6,
Miller, Jamal, Road Runners, 11.08q. 7, Alexis, Anwick,
Road Runners, 11.13q. 8, Scavella, Kennedy, C.R. Walk-
er, 11.25q. 9, Sands, Larvardo, Ambassador, 11.31. 10,
Sears, Travis, C.R. Walker, 11.33..11, Gibson, Davandoq
C.R. Walker, 11.38. 12, Jones, Carlivano, Ambassador,
11.45. 13, Gilbert, Chintino, Untouchables, 11.48. 14,
Thompson, Lacquito, Road Runners, 11.55. 15, Cargill
Troy, Club Monica, 11.58. 16, Adderley, Ramon, Club
Monica, 11.63. 17, Gardiner, Shannandor, Unattached,
11.69. 18, Wilchcombe, Leon, C.R. Walker, 11.72. 19,
Francis, Wintoh, Ambassador, 11.81. 20, Parker,
Cameron, C.R. Walker, 11.83. 21, Gibson, Rashando,
Ambassador, 11.88.22, Ferguson, Lavaughn, Club Mon-
ica, 11.91. 23, MACKEY, Akari, Unattached, 12.06. 24,
Rolle, James, Speed Dynamics, 12.09. 25, Miller, Stephen,
Untouchables, 12.13. 25, Francis, Nimoy, C.R. Walker,
12.13. 27, Delvi, Reyernaldo, Untouchables, 12.28. 27,
Weech, James, T-Bird Flyers, 12.28. 29, Ferguson,
Wellington, C.R. Walker, 12.34. 30, Neely, Kirshon,
Bahamas Elite, 12.53. 31, Storr, Daniel, Westminister,
12.56. 32, Saunders, Alexo, C.R. Walker, 12.63.33, Gay,
Michael, Nassau Christian, 12.94. 34, Russell, Jareth,
C.R. Walker, 13.16.35, Duncanson, Dwayne, Road Run-
ners, 13.54.36, Anderson, Quinton, Road Runners, 14.16.
Men 100 Meter Dash OPEN Finals
1, Frazer, Everett, Ambassador, 10.41. 2, Davis,
Jonathan, Kenyan Knights, 10.48. 3, Saunders, Gerino'
Speed Dynamics, 10.91. 4, Alexis, Anwick, Road Rufi--
ners, 11.16. 5, Palacious, Montano, Ambassador, 11.38. 6,
Russell, Tian, Unattached, 11.59.7, Miller, Jamal, Road
Runners, 11.79. 8, Scavella, Kennedy, C.R. Walker, 12.07,
Men 400 Meter Run OPEN Preliminaries c
1, Pinder, 0, Kenyan Knights, 49.13q. 2, Wilson, Von,
Speed Dynamics, 49.41q. 3, Moss, Jamal, Ambassador,
49.53q. 4, Burrows, Kayuse, Club Monica, 50.32q. 9,
Williams, Charles, Kenyan Knights, 51.11q. 6, Pickstock;
Lesean, C.R. Walker, 51.20q. 7, Archer, Andrew, Stat
Trackers, 51.41q. 8, Dean, Rashad, Road. Runners,
52.00q. 9, Adderley, Christopher, Club Monica, 52.25. 10,
Gibbs, Tino, Ambassador, 52.76. 11, Watkins, Timothy,
Speed Dynamics, 54.61. 12, Richardson, Edwin, Road
Runners, 58.67. 13, Stubbs, Philip, Road Runners, 59.88.
--, Rigby, Rashon, T-Bird Flyers, DNF. --, Skinner, Fran'-
cis, Club Monica, DNF.
Men 800 Meter Run OPEN
1, Cooper, Asher, Kenyan Knights, 1:55.58. 2, Feri
guson, Dwayne, Star Trackers, 1:55.79. 3, Williams, Jason,
Bahamas Tigers, 1:57.11. 4, Bethel, Michael, T-Bird Fly-
ers, 2:01.78. 5, Bowe, Ian, Spirit OF Excel, 2:05.67. 6,
Bain, Brightmon, C.R. Walker, 2:07.44. 7, Williams,
Charles, Kenyan Knights, 2:09.79. 8, Wright, Avery,
Untouchables, 2:11.27.9, Cartwright, Christopher, Strid-
ers, 2:20.22. 10, Rahming, Earvin, T-Bird Flyers, 2:20.66.
11, Brennen, Dwayne, C.R. Walker, 2:26.03. 12, Vergil;
James, T-Bird Flyers, 2:32.29. 13, Ingraham, Denerio,
Nassau Christian, 2:37.78.
Men 110 Meter Hurdles OPEN
1, Evans, Tasman, Ambassador, 15.84. 2, Curtis,
Alton, Kenyan Knights, 16.13.3, Strachan, Darren, Unat-
tached, 24.60.
Men 4x100 Meter Relay OPEN
1, Road Runners Track Club 'A' 43.08. 2, Kenyan
Knights 'A' 43.63. 3, Ambassador Athletic Club 'A'
44.16. 4, C.R. Walker High School 'A' 44.69. 5, Club
Monica Athletics 'A' 45.92. 6, Untouchables 'A' 47:89.
Men Long Jump OPEN
1, Davis, Jonathan, Kenyan Knights, 6.82m. 2, Bastian,
Antillio, Jumpers Inc., 6.80m. 3, Adderley, Ramon, Club
Monica, J6.80m. 4, Charlow, Craig, Jumpers Inc., 6.53m.
5, Clarke, Philip, Jumpers Inc., 6.47m. 6, Poitier, Stanley,
Jumpers Inc., 6.40m. 7, Rolle, Darren, C.I. Gibson, 6:33m.

8, Ferguson, Lavaughn, Club Monica, 6.09m. 9, Parker,
Cameron, C.R. Walker, 5.84m. 10, Wright, Avery,
Untouchables, 5.61m. 10, Thompson, Fayne, Nassau
Christian, 5.61m. 12, Delva, Reyernaldo, Untouchables,
5.56m. 13, Gay, Michael, Nassau Christian, 5.24m. 14,
Russell, Jareth, C.R. Walker, 5.05m. 15, Weech, James,
T-Bird Flyers, 4.86m. 16, Davis Jr., Alvin, Westminister,
Men Javelin Throw OPEN
1, Joseph, Jean, T-Bird Flyers, 36.97m. 2, Saunders,
Alexo, C.R. Walker, 36.80m. 3, Kelly, Devano, C.I. Gib-
son, 31.16m. 4, Davis Jr., Alvin, Westminister, 22.43m. 5,
Storr, Daniel, Westminister, 20.09m.


* BRANSON Rolle gave it his best and came first in U-11 boys'
heats for the 200m during the 3rd Annual Club Monica Athletics
Track & Field Classic

* DUSTIN Gibson comes in first in the heats for the boys'
200m U-11

* ON day two of the 3rd Annual Club Monica Athletics Track &
Field Classic, Asia Butler comes first in her heat in the 200m U-9
girls' heats
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

Juniors qualify for championships

Junior Sports Reporter
KRYSTAL Bodie became the first
triple qualifier for this year over the
weekend, surpassing the qualifying stan-
dards'set for the Carifta Games team,
the IAAF Junior World Championships
and the junior Central American and:
Caribbean (CAC) Games trials.
It N~as a double dose of qualifica-
tions coming off the field, as Raymond''
Higgs and Jamal Wilson leaped their
way over the Carifta Games qualifying
But the 3rd annual Club Monica
Track and Field meet belonged to the
under-17 sensation, Bodie.

Although she dominated the sprint
events in the under-17 girls' division,
Bodie's smooth technique in the 100m
hurdles separated her fromi the field.
She took the event in a qualifying
time of 14.33 seconds. The qualifying
times are set by the Bahamas Associa -.
tion of Athletic Association (BAAA)
for the Carifta Games; in this event
the time was set at 14.70 seconds.
Bodie held off teammate Tess
Mullings and P'Lar Dorsette of the
Star Trackers for the win. Mullings
came in second with a time of 15.66
,seconds, with Dorsett clocking 16.38
seconds. Finishing in fourth place was
Vanricka Rose in 20.47 seconds.
Higgs was the second qualifier for

the games with a winning leap of 2.08m
(6ft 7in) in the high jump. The standard
was set at 1.93m. Also qualifying in
this event in the under 20 boys was
Wilson with 2.13m (7ft).


Joining Bodie in qualifying for a
chance to compete on the junior World
Championships and the CAC games
teams were Wilson, Higgs, lesha
White, Shannise Wright, Jonathon
Davis, Antillio Bastian, Ram6n Adder-
ley and Asher Cooper.
Although the time posted by Bodie in
the 100m finals wasn't sufficient for

qualifying for the Carifta Games, her
time of 12.38 seconds posted in the pre-
liminaries was enough to give her an
invitation to try out for the junior World
Championships and the CAC games.
The time posted by Bodie does not
necessary.mean that she has qualified
for the other two meets, Bodie Will
have to wait until the BAAA secure
the qualifying times for the events from
the IAAF.
Also running a qualifying time for
the trials in the 100m event was White,
who posted the fastest time heading
into the finals. But Bodie would get
the better part of White in the finals, as
she clocked 12.56 seconds over White's
12.70 for the win.

Obtaining double qualifications for
the junior World Championships and
the CAC games trials was Davis in the
open men's 100m and long jump.
Davis might had to settle for second
place in the 100m finals, but the time of
10.48 seconds was enough to land him
a spot in the trials, The qualifying time
was set at 10.91 seconds.
In the long jump Davis leaped to
6.82m to take the event over Bastian
and Adderley, who both had best
jumps of 6.80m.
The qualification marker for the tri-
als were set at 6.80m for the open men.
The marker for qualification in the
Carifta Games are set at 7.55m.
SEE opposite page for full results

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BAAA has

high hopes

for major

events .

Senior Sports Reporter
TWO new indoor national
records in the same meet has left
the Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Associations bubbling with
excitement heading into two
major international meets next
BAAA's public relations offi-
cer Rlalpoh McKinney said Lee-
van 'Superman' Sands' national
record in the men's triple jump
and Chris 'Bay' Brown's mark in
the men's 400 metres over the
weekend at the Tyson Invitation-
al was just fantastic.
"It'shows good for the prepara-
tion for the World Indoors that is
slated in less than a month, and a
week later they are heading to the
Commonwealth Games.
MpKinney was referring to
Sands' winning leap of 56ft, 1 1/4in
that shattered Frank Rutherford's
previous mark of 56ft lin that he
set in Okalhoma City in 1987, and
Brown'S second-place finish in
46.03 seconds that rewrote Troy
Mclntosh's old mark of 46.05 that
he set in Maebashi at the 1999
World Indoor Championships.
MKinney said the BAAA was
particularly pleased with the fact
that Sands just competed at home
the week before he returned to
the United States for his third
meet, while it was just the season-
opener for Brown.
"I'know Chris is very, very hap-
py with his performance," McK-
inney stressed. "In fact, I know
Leevan is jtist as pleased because
he was hoping to get.that record
from last year." ,
Nonetheless, the records came
at the appropriate time as the duo
took,the spotlight from the inac-
tivity or sub-par performance
turned in by three of the top

female athletes sprinters Chan-
dra Sturrup and Debbie Fergu-
son-McKenzie and quarter-miler
Tonique Williams-Darling.
While the latter three athletes
are not expected to compete in
both the IAAF World Indoor
Championships in Moscow from
March 10-12 and the Common-
wealth Games that follow in the
Commonwealth Games from
March 15-26, Sands and Brown
are expected to pick up the man-
tle, according to McKinney.
"We know that Chris is still
hoping to get that individual
medal that has eluded him," said
McKinney of Brown, who turned
in a gallant effort at the IAAF
World Outdoors in Helsinki, Fin-
land last year, only to fade at the
end of the race in lane eight and
ended up fourth.
Brown, however, went on to
anchor the men's 4 x 400 relay
team that comprised of Nathaniel
McKinney, AVard Moncur,
Andrae Williams and McIntosh
(as alternate), to the silver medal
in Helsinki behind the United
The BAAA rewarded Brown
by naming him as the Male Ath-
lete of the Year, joining Tonique
Williams-Darling, who added the
World Championship title to the
Olympic Games crown she
secured the year before.
Brown eventually beat out
Sands for the honour. Like
Brown, Sands also had a heart-
breaking performance in Helsinki
where he was knocked out of
medal contention in the final
round, finishing fourth in the triple
jump . ..; ,
"I think if everybody stays
healthy, I think the athletes will be
very well," said McKinney as he
looked ahead to the two big meets
coming up.

* LEEVAN 'Superman' Sands leaps his way into the record books

(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)





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Senior Sports Reporter

CHRIS 'Bay' Brown wanted to prove
to the public to know that his perfor-
mance last year was no fluke. Over the
weekend, the Male Athlete of the Year
put an explanation mark in his season
Competing at the Tyson Invitational at
the University of Arkansas, Brown
erased Troy McIntosh's national record
of 46.05 seconds that he set in Maebashi
in 1999 at the World Championships
with a new mark of 46.03 seconds.
It came with a second-place finish, but
Brown was just elated to finally get his
name in the Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations' record books
He currently holds the national out-
door 800m mark of 1:49.54 that he post-
ed at the Central American and
Caribbean Games in Maracaibo in 1998
and he has the next best time behind
Avard Moncur's national outdoor 400m
record of 44.45 that he set in Madrid,
Spain in 2001.
"It was pretty good, but first and fore-
most, I just want to thank the Lord for
allowing-me to go out there and per-
form," said Brown in an interview with
The Tribune from his training site in
"That was my first race and my coach
was there watching me. So I just had to
go out there and put it down."
For openers, Brown said he could not
ask for a better performance, although
he did not have any inkling that he
would have beaten the record.
"That was my first race and a lot of
guys have been opening up their first
race with 46," he reflected. "So the
national record wasn't on my mind.
"You don't go to a race saying that
you are going to get the national record.
I just went in there with the confidence.
I put in the work, so I was looking.for
the results what coach had in his mind."


Coming off a disappointing fourth
place finish in the IAAF World Out-
door Championships in Helsinki, Fin-
land last year when he faded in the final
metres running out of lane eight, Brown
said the record is one of his ultimate
goal. The other is to claim an individual
"That's my main objective to go out

there and win the World Championship
and become a world champion indoor or
outdoor," he projected. "So whenever I
accomplish it, I can.say that I have final-
ly got the medal."
Next month, Brown will continue his
quest for the medal that has eluded him
so far when he compete at the IAAF
World Indoor Championships in
Moscow from March 10-12.
Following that, he will begin his out-
door campaign at the Commonwealth
Games that will be staged in Melbourne,
Australia from March 15-26.
Hopefully in One of those meets,
Brown will produce the medal.
"Right now, Fm just training," he said.
"I don't have any more races, so I will
just be doing the things to strengthen
myself and get ready to perform in Rus-
Without the use of an indoor facility to
train in, Brown said he have to endure
the chilly weather outdoors, so expect
him to put the heat on the rest of the
field when he goes to the World Indoors.
"I know I will have enough heat under
my legs to take me through the rounds,"
he pointed out.
Undaunted by the accolades that have
been heaped upon the ladies in recent
time, Brown said this is definitely going
to be the year for the men to shine.
"Now that everybody have seen how
the guys have been doing so good,
maybe they will do something for us," he
charged. "We've been out there strug-
gling from day one, but we haven't been
getting the recognition that we deserve.
"We got a silver medal (in the men's 4
x 400m relay) and everybody say 'oh,
the guys got a medal,'" he noted. "But all
of the guys have been stepping up.
"We really deserve some credit
because everybody really'had us in the
doghouse. Now we are out there'and
the people can see that we are putting in
the work."
On top of that, Brown said the public
should be aware that their competition is
no "walk in the park.
"We have competition," he stated.
"We can't just say we are going out there
to win. We have to put our race togeth-
er and go out there and run smart.
S"Our competition is much more high-
er (than the women), so we have to get
some credit. We have come along way.
Before, it'was just the girls. Now the
boys are coming through, so we need
some credit."
Brown said his national record put an
explanation mark on his performance.

(Photo: Felipg Major/Tribune staff)

Leevan Brown sets sights on next month

Senior Sports Reporter

FOUR years ago on his way to the
Commonwealth Games in Manches-
ter, England, Leevan 'Superman'
Sands broke Frank Rutherford's
national outdoor triple jump record.
Less than a month before he return
to the four-yearly games in Mel-
bourne, Australia, Sands erased
Rutherford from of the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Associations'
record books by replacing his indoor
The latest feat was achieved over
the weekend at the Tyson Invitation-
al where Sands popped a leap of 56ft
1 1/4in to shatter Rutherford's old
mark of 56ft lin that he set on March
14, 1987 in Oklahoma City.
"I always wanted to get the nation-
al record, but I didn't do indoors last
year," said Sands, who improved on
his previous best of 55ft 10in. "I was
excited about getting another
Bahamian national record."
The record couldn't come at a bet-
ter time as it gives Sands, also known
as "Skelly Boom", the motivation as
he prepares for a trip to the IAAF
World Indoor Championships in
Moscow.from March 10-12 before he
head "Down Under" to compete in
the Commonwealth Games from
March 15-26 in Melbourne.
"I feel good. I feel healthy," said
-r ohi-lt h;V mpntl frmP nof

mind going into the hectic month of
activities. "Last year, I finished the
year with no injuries, so I think that
played a major factor on me.
"I came into this year healthy, so I
was able to build on that strength and
develop a little more speed. It kind of
worked out for me. I feel a lot
stronger this year."
After just barely missing out of a
medal in the triple jump at the IAAF
World Championships in Helsinki,
Finland with a heartbreaking fourth
place finish before he was "too men-
tally drained" and didn't advance to
the final of the long jump, Sands said
he's focused'and prepared to put the
whole ordeal behind him.
"This is a big month, but I want to
go to World Championships and
redeem myself because I really want-
ed that medal last year," Sands said.
"I got fourth, so I just feel kind of
hungry to go and get this medal that I
lost out off and then go to Common-
wealth Games and try to win another
medal two medals back-to-back."
Sands, who lost the Bahamas Asso-
ciation of Athletic Associations' Male
Athlete of the Year honor to Chris
'Bay' Brown, (who broke Try McIn-
tosh's national indoor record of 46.05
seconds in the 400 metres with a sec-
ond place finish in 46.03 at the Tyson
Invitational as well), said while he
have his goals in mind, he's not trying
to put any pressure on himself.
"Thp r'oitlc "rP the Qamp a'n lat vpar

- to try to be in the top three at every
meet," he pointed out. "I will just try
to stick to that goal. I know that once
I get the competition, I can achieve
my goal. I have been working on my
speed, so I'm not scrating as much as
I used too."
Not making any predictions for
either meet, Sands said he envision
that the same field of competitors
that he faced in Helsinki will be in
Moscow and Melbourne.
"You just never know who's day
it's going to be," he indicated. "I think
everybody's jumping around 56, so I
think it's going to be some good com-
Although he graduated in Decem-
ber, Sands is currently back at
Auburn University where he's still
trying under the watchful eyes of
Bahamian assistant coach Henry
"I'm healthy free," said Sands, who
has wrapped up his competition and is
expected to just rest and train for the
teo big meets coming up next month.
"This has been the best indoor sea-
son that I've had," he insisted. "I've
been consistent more this indoor sea-
son than outdoors at 55 high and now
56. That's where I wanted to bo, con-
sistent around 16-17 metres every
With those marks, Sands is certain
that he will leave his mark on the rest
of the field at'the World Indoors and
the Commonwealth G ames


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B A' H



romantic dream'

come true

Tribune Feature Writer

romantic dreams that is realized more by the tourist
who visits the Bahamas, than by the Bahamian couple
who was born and grew up in these islands.
For those Bahamian women however, who have ditched the walk
up aisle for a stroll in the sand, traded the chime of
church bells and an organist for the tranquil sounds of waves wash-
ing ashore and the wind whistling through trees, and who are willing
to risk the security of air-conditioning for the oh so unpredictable
Bahamian weather, it's a decision that they never regret.
irom the time twenty-five year old newlywed Janelle Watson-
Cargill first dreamt of being a bride, she knew that she wanted a wed-
ding on the beach.
In 2003 Janelle met Dr Tyneil Cargill at a mutual friends party. The
two started dating a few weeks later and two years later, Tyneil
popped the question during her birthday celebration dinner at
Luciano's, on April 19,2005, and Janelle immediately began plans to
make her childhood dream a reality.
On August 27,2005, Janelle and Tyneil, an obstetrician and gen-

eral practitioner, tied the knot during an evening wedding ceremo-
ny at Nygard Cay while 180 to 200 guests looked on.
Being one who loves nature and the outdoor atmosphere of the
Family Islands, Mrs Watson-Cargill's beachfront wedding was the
perfect fit for her. She notes however, that many of her friends and
family do not share her fondness for a beach wedding. In fact, each
of her friends and family members who are married held their wed-
dings in a church. And those who are planning weddings have
already decided to make a church the venue.
"I think as Bahamians we are so used to that type of environment
we take it for granted. Then there is the huge weddings that Bahami-
ans have," Mrs Watson-Cargill added.
Unlike a wedding in a church, a beach wedding cannot accom-
modate huge crowds. Most hotels in the Bahamas that provide facil-
ities for a'beach wedding have a quota of less than 100 quests, which.
also proved to be a challenge for Janelle, who ultimately invited 200
persons to her wedding.
"I didn't have a problem with the size of Nygard Cay, but when I
tried to hold the wedding at other locations there were some prob-
lems with size," she said. "My first location choice was Harbour
Island at Pink Sands Hotel, but they only allowed up to 80 people. My
second choice, the Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort in Long Island,

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Are you eating right?

A RECENT article in the local news
media refers to an "obesity epidemic" in the
Bahamas, based on the results of the
Bahamas' first Living Conditions Survey.
An alarming number of Bahamians are
overweight which carries serious implica-
tions for the future of the country. The cost
in terms of lost productivity and suffering,
not to mention expense, could be phenom-
enal as overweight adults and children are at
significantly higher risk of developing chron-
ic diseases.
According to Ida Mae Hanna, manager
of the Better Living Health Centre, children
hre developing chronic diseases such as dia-
betes at "a very early age."
Obesity and being overweight are blamed
on over-nutrition and eating the wrong foods
(too much carbohydrate, sugary drinks and
junk food). Lack of knowledge is also a
major factor that contributes to the prob-
According to the survey, "the wealthiest
households had the smallest proportion (27
per cent) of obese persons". But even this
statistic is far from comforting as it means
that even in these households roughly one in
four people is obese.
Contrary to the old saying, what you don't
know can harm you. This is particularly true
in the area of food and nutrition. Many of us
are oblivious to the effects of food on health.
Others who know choose to ignore what
they know and eat whatever is easiest and
most available.
Tn too many cases these are so-called "fast
food." In the short term these foods may be
tasty and satisfying but the long-term effects
are sinister.
When we eat without attention to what
we are putting into our bodies, we reap the
consequences in unwanted and unattractive
weight, not to mention degenerative, life-
threatening diseases. Many people try to eat


healthy, but inadvertently make poor food
choices through lack of information.
What are some factors to consider in mak-
ing good food choices?
Drink water
When you wake up in the morning, the
first thing you should do is drink a big glass
of water. That gets your day off to a good
start by hydrating your body after the night's
fast and flushing out your system. Sodas and
fruit juice do not do the same job. Your kid-
neys need water to help them eliminate the
toxins that build up in your body through
environmental pollutants and normal body
processes. The next time you feel thirsty,
drink water.
Eat more vegetables
The closest that some of us get to eating

this category of food is coleslaw or fries. But
how healthy are these choices? Let's take
coleslaw for a start. Not many people would
deny that cabbage or other cruciferous veg-
etables are nutritious, but what happens
when we slather liberal helpings of mayon-
naise on such vegetables?
The nutrition content of the food is imme-
diately lessened as the undesirable saturated
fats.are added to it, rendering a healthy food
unhealthy. Next time, eat the cabbage with-
out the generous helping of mayonnaise.
Instead, add some lemon juice and sea salt to
enhance the flavour.
*Eat fruit
The busy parent feels that putting a can of
fruit into a child's lunchbox is good because
the child is eating fruit and everyone knows
fruit is healthy, right? Wrong. Though a can
of fruit is better than no fruit at all, it would
be much better to put an actual fruit into
the child's lunchbox. An apple or a banana is
much better than the sweetened fruit in the
can which is loaded with sugar, packed in a
can and has been dead for months.
Nutrients begin to be lost the minute the
fruit is picked so how nutritious could a fruit
that has been in a can for months be? While
a canned fruit is better than no fruit, parents
should train their children to eat the real
thing. Buy fruit in season and encourage
children to eat them.
Avoid sugar
This is an addiction for many of us, but it
has an insidious effect on many body sys-
tems. Teachers are very familiar with chil-
dren who are so hyper-active they are liter-
ally unable to sit still for a minute.
Excess sugar in the diet may well be the
culprit. Such children are wired, wearing out
themselves and their caregivers. They are

was the same thing. You could
only invite so much people."
According to Janelle, many
people have the perception that
they are doing some.injuistice to
their religion if they do not have H
a wedding in the church, but
these thoughts didn't plague her
since she was never one to con-
She told Tribune Woman:
"I've never been traditional. That
was something I always'wanted ..,
to do and so I did it. I think that
a lot of the Bahamian mentality
too is that 'I ain't getting dress up
to go on no sand'. But my wed- '
ding guests dressed formally as
they would have at any wedding
in a church. It was a regular wed-
ding. Nobody was casual or any- .
thing like that."
Whether it's a fear to break
away from the tradition of having I JANELLE Watson-Cargill
a wedding in a church, or just a and husband Dr Tyneil Cargill
lack of information about how
to go about planning an outdoor pose for a wedding portrait on
wedding, the vast majority of the beach at Nygard Cay. The
Bahamian women are not tak- couple met at a mutual friends
ing advantage of the option a party in 2003, and was married
beach wedding. August 27,2005.
Anna Fox of Anna's Wedding
Planning in Imperial Park, has been organising weddings from 1985,
and of those weddings approximately 98 per cent of her Bahamian
clients have held their ceremonies in a church. The remaining two per
cent account for persons who have held garden ceremonies, with only
one Bahamian couple, that she can recall, actually holding their
wedding on the beach. And that one occasion was a small ceremo-
ny attended by only the bride, groom, their parents and witnesses -
a small wedding held on the beach simply for a change of scenery,
rather than in the JP's office. But she has planned countless beach
weddings for international visitors,
According to Ms Fox, the Bahamian culture is partially responsi-
ble for most Bahamian women not wanting to be married on the
"You find that most people go to the church because they feel that
maiiage is sacred.and they want their ceremony to be held in a
sacred place. I"ot of people want God to sanctify their marriage and
they feel that that can't happen if it's not held in a church. That's just
our orientation," she told Tribune Woman. Ms Fox noted however,
that she believes that God will bless any marriage as long as the vows
are taken seriously.
"The tourist wants the backdrop of the ocean. Not that they
don't want a religious ceremony, but they just like the openness
and scenery of the beach. To them it's a novelty," she added.
Planning a beach wedding presents a different set of considerations,
though one type of wedding is not necessarily more hectic than the
next, Ms Fox noted.
"I don't consider them to be challenges, just different things you
have to be aware of. For example, in a church you already have the
set up with the pews and the.aisle. But on the beach you have to cre-
ate the set up.
"Then you have to look at the fact that if you're doing a beach
wedding, you can have persons looking on from a distance. So it may
not be as intimate as you would like if you want that privacy."
Luckily, hotels like the Nassau Beach Hotel, the Radisson Cable
Beach Resort and the WyndhamfNassau Resort, cater to Bahamian
couples and have a designated site that is used exclusively for wed-
dings. According to Ms Fox, many years ago hotels did not charge a
fee for beach weddings, but today a "site fee" must be worked into
the bride's budget.
For those who want a wedding on the sand, the wardrobe should
be given careful consideration. Sand, salt water and wind are all in
abundance at a beach wvedding and more likely than not some of it
will end up on your wedding dress. So those interested in an elabo-
rate designer dress may want to get married on dry land near the
beach, -like Mrs Watson-Cargill did, as opposed to on the actual
The bride who opts for a beach wedding would probably do best
not to wear a veil and instead choose a pretty hair accessory, since
wind may be a factor. Speaking of accessories, the bride might want
to reconsider those satin high
heeled pumps. Flat shoes or no
shoes at all are best for a beach SEE page 8C

SEE page 2C





ere was an art to rose-

oses are red...and
yellow, pink,
white, and lots of
other shades. In
France. and also in Victorian
times in England, there was an
art to the giving of roses and sig-
nificance was implicit in the
colours of roses given. The num-
ber of roses sent was also signif-
icant and the recipient had to
unlock the secret of the combi-
nation of colours and the num-
ber of each.
Back in those days the giving
of roses was obviously much
trickier than going to the florist
and asking for a couple of dozen
mixed roses. We retain some of
the meanings of rose colours to
this day. Everyone knows that
red means romantic loe, white
means reverence and yellow
means friendship. But we seem
to have completely lost the sig-
nificance of numbers of roses,
with the exception that the larg-
er the number of roses the
greater the guilt a man is trying
to assuage. It's when you are
presented with a single rose that
you must go out of your way to
determine the meaning of the
colour. Just for fun, let's have a
brief look at the language of ros-
Yes, red roses mean roman-
tic love or passion but very dark
red roses mean respect and they
are often used for mourning.

-- e mean a pure and true love.
Green Scene There are no natural black
by Gardener Jack 'roses but florists sometimes dye
S dark red roses to make them
appear black. Black signifies the
Purple roses mean "I fell in love'"--deoth of old habits and is a sign
with you at first sight". Purple of rebirth. A single black rose
roses should be given on a first would tell your lover that you
serious date or on the first have sincerely changed your dis-
Valentine that occurs in a rela- gusting ways.
tionship. Now to the significance of
Yellow roses mean joy and numbers. One red rose means
friendship so you have to be 'I love you" and two with the
somewhat circumspect when 'stems entwined means "I want
presenting them. Unless pre- to marry you". Seven (the old
sented as a single rose, yellow is perfect number) means "I'm
best used in colour combinations infatuated" while ten (the mod-
such as red, .ellow and pink. ern perfect number) means, of
These mean "love and friend- course, "You're perfect". A
ship". dozen red roses mean "Forever
yours" while 25 means "Con-
Gratitude gratulation!" I would be careful
about using that number in a
Pink means gratitude and romantic situation.
appreciation and. like yellow, Now to the excesses. Three
helps to form special message dozen roses say: "I am remem-
combinations. Very light pink being our romantic times
means empathy while peach together". Any number above
expresses a desire to get to know three dozen means "I am Fom-
each other better. pletely nuts to waste all this (non-
Coral roses mean desire and .ey on you."
fascination while orange roses My favourite "rose" poqm is
say: "I'm proud of you". White One Perfect Rose by Dorothy
does not mean chastity but puri- Parker:
ty. reverence and humility. It .4-singleflower he sent to me,
traditional to give white roses tor'- tne we met.
girls so you can express affec- All tenderly his messenger he
tion without a sexual connota- chose;
lion. Again, it makes a valuable Deep-hearted, pure, with
statement on a colour combina- scented dew still wet One per-
tion. White and red together fect rose.

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unable to sleep at night because'
their bodies are so over-stimu-
lated. by the sugar they con-
sumed that day;
Discipline and learning in
schools would improve tremen-
dously if our children were eat-
ing the right foods. Both adults
and children should avoid eat-
ing excess sugar in the form of
sodas, chocolates, candies, ice
cream, fruit juice and so on.
If one requires extra sweet-
ness it is better to add honey
rather than sugar. By the way,
the non-sugar sweeteners are
probably worse than sugar itself.
Best of all, we can rid ourselves
of the sugar addiction so that
the natural taste of the food can
be savored.
Reduce carbohydrates
So you love the carbohydrate-
rich foods the peas and rice,
macaroni and cheese, potato sal-
ad, fried plantain and johnny-
cake. Sure, they taste good to
the palate conditioned to such
But THREE major carbohy-
drates in ONE meal? Isn't this
overkill? Nutritionists talk.about
a varied and balanced diet. But
when we ignore or leave off the
vegetable, eating large amounts
of refined carbs, this is not bal-
Further, each of these dishes
uses an overabundance of fat in
their preparation. Recent
research on the subject of carbs
suggests that excess consump-
tion of complex carbohydrates
is one of the culprits in stomach
and other ailments. Carbohy-
drates should make up no more
than one-third of what is on your
Cut down on white and
processed food
Another part of the equation
is that many of the foods we eat
are prepared using refined carbs
- white rice, white pasta, white
flour, white bread, white sugar -

things that do not exist in nature.
They have been bleached, have
had chemicals added to get that
attractive white colour we so
desire but are consequently
full of elements deleterious to
human health. All of these are
best avoided.
Too much of the food we
eat is processed
Processing not only removes
much of the nutritional value of
food, but it also adds many
health-destroying elements to
the food. Read the label of any
processed food you purchase in
the food-store.
Additives such as "natural and
artificial flavours," MSG, alu-
minum, food colouring and
preservatives are very harmful
to health. MSG or monosodium
glutamate is a dangerous addi-
tion to food which is neverthe-
less added to "simple" things
like soup bases and bouillon
cubes -.and your 99-cent break-
fast! Because it enhances
flavour, it is often used in fast
. foods.
Numerous studies have linked
.consumption of MSG to brain
damage, autism, obesity, asth-
ma, migraines and a host of oth-
er ills. Exposure to or ingestion
of aluminum has been linked to
Alzheimer's disease. (Inciden-
tally, aluminum is an ingredient
in most deodorants.)
Throw out your microwave
More information is coming
in daily about the potentially
harmful effects of microwave
cooking. Zap your food in a
microwave and it kills all the
healthful, life-giving elements.
Invest in a food steamer instead.
This warms up your food more
naturally and helps it retain
essential vitamins and minerals
along with moisture.
Fling the formula
Feed your baby mother's milk
as much as possible. Breast milk
gives the child a lifetime of

immunity to illness that man-
made formulas do not provide.
Eat less
Do not eat until you are full.
Ideally, you should stop eating
just before reaching this point.
Overeating taxes the digestive
system and over time leads to
obesity and illness. The corol-
lary to this is that you should eat
when you are hungry and not
just because food is available or
free. Eat to live; do not live to
A final word
To use another old saying,
knowledgeis p6#wer. Food man-
ufacturers are in the business of
making money. They will add to
food whatever makes it taste
good and makes it sell. In a
sense, we get exactly what we
deserve. If we demand highly
processed food, we will get
exactly that. We need to use the
Internet and other sources avail-
able to us to read about and find
out about the things that affect
our lives so we can protect our-
selves and our children.
And we need to value, pro-
mote and be willing to pay local
farmers to produce natural
organic foods that will keep us
healthy and fit for life so we can
live a productive and happylife.
And we need to value lbcal
crops and fruit. Why cant we
buy dillies or hog plums or sugar
apples in the food-stores?
Instead it is all apples, pears and
And we can make our own
juice using local limes and hon-
ey. And by the way, drinking
homemade juices is healthy -
not cheap. Use that high-tech
juicer or blender to make your
own juices at home. Yes, it takes
a little more time, but it pays off
in health and fitness.

Marjorie Downie is a senior
lecturer at The College of the




Burns: Emergency

Management, Prevention

A burn is an injury to b
tissue that results from h
electricity, radiation, or ch
There are many causes
:sources of burns, these incl
, Heat (thermal burns) -
flames, and hot metals like
< Chemicals steam, tar, 13
hot liquids
Radiation sunlight
Thermal and chemical b
:usually occur because hea
chemicals contact part of
body's surface, most often
skin. Thus, the skin usually
Pains most of the damage. H
ever, severe surface burns
penetrate to deeper body st
tures, such. as fat, muscle
.bone. :
Heat is the cause of n
burns treated by health
providers in the Bahamas.
Yes, burns are category
according to the cause of
injury .
Dry Burns
These are caused by:
Flames from gas and kero:
operatedsto es. lighted cigai
and lighters.
Flarhmless elements like
elctrical appliances, like ii
and the motors and engine
Friction with fast mo\
objects that rub against the s
like ropes and rough surface
,These are caused by wet#
like steam from boiling pots
)etff1.'hot water or fats. T
occur most frequently in
home and on industrial sites,
are a major cause of deat
children and older persons.
Chlemnical Burns
Often caused b\ acids.

alkalis found in domestic clean-
body ing products like bleach, caustic
Leat, sodas and paint stripper, as well
emi- as in industrial chemicals like
lye. Such substances are irritat-
ing to the skin and contact with
them can cause sever damage to
the tissues. The eyes are partic-
and ularly vulnerable to these sub-
ude: stances.
fire, Electric Burns
iron Caused by electrical current
re or and lightening generated heat.
Electric burns occur when elec-
tricity of a sufficiently high volt-
age passes through the body.
urns While only small burns may be
at or visible, damage to the underlying
Sthe tissues may be considerable. The
the most dangerous causes of elec-
sus- trical burns are high voltage
[ow- industrial machinery and light-
may ening.
:ruc- Inhalation Burns
:, or Occurs as a result of inhaling
toxic fumes. Fire uses oxygen in
the atmosphere. Consequently
the oxygen level in a room on
fire is low and difficulty or ces-
? station in breathing may occur
lost Smoke may irritate the throat
care causing spasm and closing of the
airway. especially\ if furniture is
in the burning room. The fumes
from furnishing can be fatal.
Cold Burns
Results from direct exposure
ised to severely cold climatic condi-
the tions, or contact with metals in:
freezing conditions. Freezing
agents like liquid oxygen and liq-
uid nitrogen can also cause
sene them.
rette Radiation Burns
Caused by exposure to sun-
hot rays and lights reflected rom a
rons bright surface. In rare instances,
s of radiation burns results from
overexposure to X-r.ays or
in g radioactive substances.
Burns are classified according
heat to the depth of the injury These
and factors help to determine how
They the injury should be treated and
the managed.
and The depth of injury from a
h in burn is described as either first,
second, or third degree.
First degree burns are the
and most shallo" isuperticill. The\
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affect only the top layer of skin WHAT IS THE
(epidermis). Such injuries result EMERGENCY/
in general redness of the skin; MANAGEMENT/
swelling around the injury and TREATMENT, FOR
extreme tenderness. This type DIFFERENT TYPES
of burn usually heals well, but OF BURNS?
is usually very painful during the Clothing on fire
early stages of healing. If indoors, prevent the victim
Second degree burns, also from panicking and running out-
called partial thickness burns, side. The movement of breeze
extend into the middle layer of outdoors will intensify the
skin (dermis) causing the for- flames. The victim should be
mat ion of blisters which may be dashed to the floor with burn-
intact or broken, with the sur- ing side facing upwards.
rounding skin turning red and Act quickly to put out the
lender. These burns may flames using water or heavy non-
become infected, thus \iciims flammable material (coat, cur-
should seek medical assistance. tain, blanket, etc.),This starves
Third degree or full-thickness the flames of oxygen, and puts
burns involve all three layers of the fire out. NEVER use n\ Ion
the skin (epidermis. dermis, and or other flammable materials to
fat layer). Usually the sweat' put out the flames. If your
glands. hair follicles, and nerve clothes catches afire and help is
endings are destroyed. These not immediately a ailable, stop
burns may appear pale. waxy drop and roll.
and sometimes charred, due to Dry Burns/Scalds
damage to the nerve ending and Burns and scalds must be
are relatively pain free. Such cooled as soon as possible to
burns always require medical prevent further damage to
attention underlying tissue and alleviate
painful swelling and reduce the
WHIAT ARE BLISTERS? possibility bf shock. The most
Blisters are thin bubbles that effective method of cooling this
form on skin damaged by fric- type of burn is to flood the area
tion or heat. They result from (gently) with.slow running or
tissue fluid called serum leaking bagged cold water. Chemical
under the surface of the skin in Burns.
the area of the burn. During the Flood the affected area (slow-
healing process, new skin forms ly) with cold water for at least
at the base of the blister; the ten minutes to prevent further
serum is reabsorbed and even- damage to the burned tissue.
tually, the outer layer of skin Arrange the.urgent removal of
peels off. Persons that develop the victim to hospital. Note
blisters as a result of being burnt Carefully: Ensure that the water
should never burst blisters, as drains away from the injured
this will increase the risk of the area freely and safely to prevent
wound becoming infected, contamination of other surfaces.
Unless a blister breaks or fur-
ther damage occurs, there is no
need f(r raedlical treiamen. SEE page 6C
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MMM...It's Valentine's
Day! The season of creamy
chocolate hearts, luscious
strawberries dipped in choco-
late and sweet wine. The
month of February is also cel-
ebrated as heart month. What
a combination!
This month our team will
focus on promoting good heart
health. Our heart is one of the
most important organs in our
bodies. When it.stops beating,
we cease to exist, so it makes
perfect sense for us to take
care of our hearts if we want to
live a long and healthy life.
The way some of us eat on a
regular basis is really harmful
to our hearts. Our indulgence
in high fat, high salt and sweet
foods put us on the road to dis-
abilities and premature death
caused by heart disease. In
addition to diet, there are a
number of other factors that
affect heart health lack of
exercise, stress, anger, smok-
ing, drinking.
So how can we have health-
ier hearts for Valentine's Day.
and beyond?
Adopt a heart healthy diet
Eat at least three servings of
fresh fruit daily.
Eat at least four servings of
fresh vegetables daily.
Eat at least three servings of
legumes (peas and beans)
Eat at least a serving of nuts
Reduce salt and sugar con-
Avoid tobacco, alcohol and
Eat whole grains (whole
wheat bread, pasta; oats, bar-
ley) instead of processed grains
(white rice, pasta).
Use olive, canola and peanut
Use soy products (cheese,
milk, beans).
Avoid foods high in fat
(especially saturated fats) &
cholesterol like high fat dairy
products, meats and fried
Avoid restrictive diets. Fre-
quent dieting, fasting, binge-
ing and purging imbalance
your electrolyte levels, causing
a weakening of the heart mus-
cle and damage to the heart.
So how about a Valentine's
Day lunch or dinner that incor-
porates more fruits, vegetables

and whole grains? Your heart
will truly be happy!
Get your bodies in motion!
Get up & move!
However good your diet and
lifestyle, if you don't exercise
you are at risk of a heart
attack. It is the single worst
risk factor for both men and
The benefits of exercise and
physical activity are numerous
but here are some:
It helps build strong bones
and muscles
Increases energy
Helps you to loose weight
and maintain a healthy weight
Helps to prevent certain dis-
eases in the future, such as
heart disease and type 2 dia-
Increases strength and
Helps you to sleep better
Helps you to feel and look
. Helps to improve your self
esteem and be more self-con-
Exercise prescription: If you
need to loose weight, exercise
for at least 45 minutes five to
six times per week
To maintain a healthy
weight, exercise for 30 minutes
three to four times per week.
Types of exercises: You can
choose whichever ones you
enjoy walking, running, jog-
ging, swimming, cycling, skip-
ping, aerobics, weight lifting -
all help keep your heart
healthy and fit.
.How about giving a gift this
Valentine's that promotes
exercise and physical activity?
What could be more romantic
than starting an exercise pro-
gramme together or changing
to a healthy diet and lifestyle?
These gifts last a lifetime.
Studies have shown that
people who exercise and diet
together get lasting results. All
you have to do is commit the
time and energy, and doing so
on Valentine's Day is the per-
fect way to say, 'I love you.'
And it's a great way to spend
time together all year long.
So just move! Take your
Valentine for a long walk;
you'll be doing both of you

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S-'.r ILb ability to read is an essen-
i nal tool for coping in today's
Utiilyv hills, road signs, fast food
;:dli :tis ements, sale posters, or airport
i ni ,iuci mcnts are information pro-
S..., i i h viewingpublic. No matter
he place, whether singing from a hym-
nal in church, reading a magazine in
"he beauty salon, or making a selection
:rom a restaurant menu, the require-
:cnts I, read are always visible.
i k ,cr, many people experience
difficulty reading. According to stud-
ies conducted by.the International
Dyslexia Association "15-20 per cent.
of the population has a reading disorder,
and of that number, 85 per cent have
I ,>icxia" ( 2000). To
the best of our knowledge, a Bahamian
reading study on the prevalence of
dyslexia is not available at this time.
Referrals made to the Ministry of Edu-
a!non Special Services Unit show.that
Si 744 academic problems, 60 or 8.1 per
cent of persons referred specify reading
deficiencies. Determining a reading dis-
order depends on the results of the
assessment given and background infor-
: j' ion gained. Dyslexia does not dis-
rinmaie in relation to an individual's
creed, ethnicity, religious affiliation,
social background or intellectual level.
Some researchers have concluded that
dyslexia is associated with heritable
-'is in families : New dyslexia research
akes the claims:
Dyslexic children use.nearly five
times the brain area as' normal children
while performing a simple language
There are chemical differences in
the brain function of dyslexic and non-
dyslexic children.
SMany people deemed simply lazy or
stupid, because of their severe reading
problems, may instead have a genetic
diisorder that interfered with the wiring
If their brains before birth (Winter 2006
What procedures are used to detect
Not everyone can diagnose dyslexia.

A formal assessment and evaluation is
needed to determine whether the indi-
vidual has dyslexia. However, Nicolson
and Fawcett (1996) states that early
identification of reading difficulties
would make it easier for the child to
overcome the reading problems. In
order to determine whether a child or
adult is dyslexic, the individual would
have demonstrated some of the criteria
listed in the first edition along with the
following techniques curriculum-base
assessment (CBA), criterion-reference
tests, and standardized tests (diagnostic,
achievement, and aptitude).
The curriculum-base assessments and
criterion-reference tests are the most
commonly used classroom instruments.
These include various tests designed by
the classroom teacher to evaluate the
child's performance in subject matters.
Information obtained from a reading
comprehension, phonics, and or spelling
tests can assist the teacher in determin-
ing whether there is a reading problem
and if the problem needs to be
addressed by a professional. In most
cases, the CBA or CRT becomes the
indicator for most students' referral.
Relatively, the Ministry of Education
Curriculum section provides the ser-
vices of literacy coordinators in the pub-
lic primary schools, who are equipped to
assess the child with one of the follow-
ing screeners, Hollbourne, Schonell, or
Slosson oral reading test. Definition
of the child's reading level is scaled and
an appropriate reading programme
In addition to curriculum-base assess-
ments, the Ministry of Education Test-
ing and Evaluation section designed a
national assessment for students in
grades three and six. The instrument,
Grade Level Assessment Test (GLAT),
has a Language Arts component that
itemized the various subject areas:
Reading and listening comprehensions,
grammar, and writing expression. Con-
sequently, the Language Arts raw score
only provides a glimpse of the' child's
reading ability. In most instances, the
evaluators do not specify a specific read-


ing problem. Dependency on the infor-
mation obtained by referrals and class-
based assessments do not validate the
absence or presence of dyslexia.
To ensure the best possible interven-
tion for the child, a screener and or a
standardized test will have to be admin-
istered to indicate the child's strengths
and weaknesses. Descriptions of cog-
nitive and achievement batteries are
recommended, however, most IQ tests
(Intelligent Tests) besides being lengthy
require the child to be at least eight
years old before performing the assess-
ment because the indication for the low
functioning reader will be evident by
this age.
Fortunately, there is a dyslexia
screener that can be used on a child as
early as four years, six months to six
years, five months if the child mani-
fests several of the criteria. This can be
administered by a teacher (regular or
special education), literacy coordina-
tor, or administrator. This screener will
assist in determining whether the child
would need further assessment either by
a clinical or school psychologist.
What alternative approaches to
learning are there for the dyslexic?
Like any reading disorder, the
instructional approach is essential in
meeting the needs of the child. With a
dyslexic child, language-based activi-
ties will always be a challenge.
According to David Reynolds (2006)
"In some cases, the problem may be
caused by retarded development of the.
cerebellum, the part of the brain that
governs how thinking and other skills
become automatic. Evidence suggests
that dyslexics carry forward very little of
the skills they have learnt in reading
from one episode of reading to anoth-
Mr Reynolds suggested that the
retraining of the cerebellum through
exercise-based programmes and
enhanced visual stimulation may assist

the child's performance. He provided
three suggestions
high-quality systems to identify the
dyslexic child.
a range of initiatives to help them.
provide conventional reading inter-
ventions especially if those take place
before children are age ten or eleven
and have become rooted in their dis-
Dyslexia is defined as a language-
based problem and is associated large-
ly with phonics, spelling, and reading.
Parents need to be up front with teach-
ers if they suspect a problem.
Studies revealed that individuals with
dyslexia process information in a dif-
ferent area of the brain than do non-
dyslexics. K Richardson, states "as par-
ents, it is important to note that your
dyslexic child has the ability to perform
at an average to above average intelli-
The International Dyslexia Associa-
tion noted that to help the dyslexic.
child, instructional methods which
incorporate the use of the senses (hear-
ing, seeing, and touching), might be
essential. Language-based instructions
can be modified to accommodate the
child. This can be accomplished by sim-
plifying oral and comprehension skills.
Another suggestion is to provide the
child with extra practices in phonetic
skills. One researcher recommended
incorporating technological devices such
as computers, or hanc-held spelling
apparatus, which can aid in the success
of the child's performance, even a tape-
recorder can be a useful tool.
Is Support for the Dyslexic
By identifying the problem earlier,
both support groups can assist the child.
Many children are ridiculed or teased
during school years and thus, develop
low self-esteem. An excellent support
system can help your child cope with
this disorder. Teachers need to be sen-
sitive to the emotional stress placed on
the dyslexic child when called upon to
read aloud. Individuals with this disor-
der need everyone's assistance to make

"As a teacher, I possess a tremen-
dous power to make a person's life mis-.
erable or joyous. I can be a tool of tor-.
ture or an instrument of inspiration. I
can humiliate, use humour, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that
decides whether a crisis will be escalate'
ed or de-escalated, or a person humarin
-ised or de-humanised" (Haim Ginott;
cited in Winter 2006 Dyslexia E-
The message is powerful! What a
child needs is one person to take a spe-:
cial interest in boosting his or her self of
belonging, dignity, purpose, and hope.
Expressed another way -GIVE EACH
CHILD A CHANCE! That one per:
son could be a sibling, a parent,, a,
teacher, a tiltor or the caregiver.
An eight year old being tested for
dyslexia puts it beautifully, "I wonder-
why I am so different?.I have a face
just like you. But still we are different:
So I have glasses and braces. I look dif-
ferent, but why do you tease me? When
I get teased and I am sad, my familyI
helps me. When I'm dark, my dad is-
my lantern. When I get all rainy, myn
mom is my rainbow. When I am a
storm, my brothers are my lighthouse. I
would never be who I am without
them" (Winter 2006 D3slexia E-
The Department of Education invites.
parents, teachers and other individuals&
to make the conscious effort to learn
more about dyslexia. Further. oir read:,
ers are encouraged to participate ir
summer sessions locally and overseas.
Susan Barton. one of Amenrca's lead-'
ing experts on Dyslexia and
ADD/ADHD. will present two profes-
sional six-day development seminars
this summer. Diagnosng Dyslexia will
be held June 19- 24. 2006 and July 31 to
August 5. 2006 in San Jose. California
(Winter 2006 D)slexia E-Newsletter).

For further information, please
contact Special Services Section at the
Ministry of Education, Thompson

Burns:Emergency Management, Prevention
.. . .. .

.. OMI page 3C

Chemical hurnms to the eyes
Corrosive chemicals, both liquid and sol-"
:d, can easily) enter the eye and rapidly dam-
.ige tissue, causing scarring and even blind-
ness. Aim to wash the chemical out as quick-
ly as possible. Hold the affected side of the
face under clean, slowly running cold water,
allowing the water to drain away from the
ace. Avoid letting the water run into the
'iiKffected eye. Instruct the persontto keep
the eye close or cover the eye gently with a.
soft (fluffy) clean piece of cloth.
Electrical Burns
Aim to separate the victim from the source
of injury. NEVER touch the victim with
Soiii bcar hands; until you are sure that there
is no further danger to yourself and the vic-
tim is no longer in contact with the source.
Treat the'injury by placing a clean soft cloth
,,ver the injured surface.
l'7tcLiic shock can affect both respiration
S:.. .' and heart activities. If the victim
becomes unconscious, with the victim lying
(on the back or side), open his or her airway
(mouth) by pulling the chin up the head will
daii backwards as if he or.she is trying to
' over his or her head. If necessary, start
,esuscitaiion. If you are alone and not sure of
what to do, call for help. If the victim is
unconscious, but breathing roll him or her on
lhe uninjured side. DO NOT leave the victim
.aL. Itended for longer than is necessary.
Sunl' iu
Take the victim to a dool place. Cool the
skin by sponging gently with cold water.
Give sips of cold water at frequent inter-
vals. For extensive blistering seek medical
dattciiion urgently. Do not burst blisters.
.'1iniik' inhalation
Aim to restore fresh air and adequate
breathing. Remove the victim from the fire
and smoke without endangering yourself.

Put out any fire or smoldering on clothes.
Remove burnt clothing and jewellery to
reduce possibility of further injury. Call
emergency services (ambulance) immedi-
ately. If unconscious, follow the steps for
the victim suffering from electric burns

In the Kitchen:
Keep children out of the kitchen while
Turn the handles of pots on the stove
Keep the cords of all appliances away,
from the edges of counters.
Use rear burners of stoves where possible.
Keep teapots and kettles out of the reach
of children.
Keep hot liquids and other hot items away
from the edge of tables and counter tops.
Ensure that kitchen towels, mitts, and pot
holders are kept away from flames.
Avoid placing cupboards above stoves.
Exercise, extreme caution when using a
microwave, watch out for steam escaping
from sealed containers.
In the Bathroom:
Run cold water in the tub first then add
hot water. Be sure to turn the hot'water off
Test the temperature of the water in the
bath before allowing young children, older
persons and persons with diabetes to enter.
Teach children not to play with hot water
Never leave young children alone in the
For Children:
. Keep matches out of the reach of chil-
dren. Teach them to inform a grownup
whenever they find matches.
Teach them what to do in the eient of

Stop, drop and roll if clothing is on fire.
Stop, drop and crawl to exit a room that is
on fire and avoid smoke inhalation.
Rtin to a nearby phone and call the fire
department (919) if there is a fire that they
cannot control.
Teach them to apply cold water to burns
and scalds for at least 15 minutes or until
the burning sensation stops.
Help children recognize the sound of a
smoke or fire alarm and know what they
should,do when it sounds off.
Identify and share the escape options from
the house in the event of a fire.
Out doors:
Do not use gasoline for any purpose oth-
er than to fuel engines.
Always fuel lawn mowers outside where
there is adequate ventilation (air flow).
Always operate generators outside where
there is adequate ventilation.

General preventive measures that have
been shown to lower the incidence of fires
and burns include:
Installing smoke detectors in your homes,
particularly in the kitchen.
Educating children about fires and burns
prevention at home, and school.
Abstain from smoking and the excessive
use of alcohol.
Wearing flame retardant clothing (partic-
ularly children).
Planning emergency exit routes in the
home, school and workplace.
Conducting regular fire drills, to enhance
the safety of everyone at risk.
For additional information on fire pre-
vention and the emergency management of
'burns, contact the Health Education Divi-
sion of the Ministry ofHealth, the Fire Ser-
vices Division of the Royal Bahamas Police
Force or the Burn Unit of the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital.

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Thursday, February 16, Doctors Hospital's Distinguished
Lecture Series, a free public lecture. Dr Delton Farquharson will
address "PAD-Peripheral Artery Disease" (poor circulation),
6pm in the Doctors Hospital Conference Room.

Friday, February 17, Go Red For Women Wear red for
women and show your support for women and the battle against
heart disease. T-shirts are available at the Bahamas Heart

Thursday, February 23, Bahamas Heart Association Health
fair, Town Centre mall, 8am 5pm. Free health testing by Doc-
tors Hospital and various organizations, free giveaways.

Saturday, February 25, Subway Fun Run Walk, 7am.
Arawak Cay to Goodman's Bay and back. Registration is $12
and includes T-shirt, hat and goody bag. Prize for the largest
group of walkers. Applications can be picked up at any Subway
restaurant and in the local newspapers.

The 42nd Annual Heart Ball, the major fund-raising event
for the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation, which
was founded in 1961 by Lady Sassoon on the death of her hus-
band, will be held at Crown Ball Room on Paradise Island on
Saturday, February 18.
The foundation underwrites heart surgery for Bahamian
Children whose families cannot afford to pay for their medical
expenses. Cocktails are at 7:15pm and dinner at 8:30pm. For
information, please telephone (242) 327-0806.


Ways to avoid

heart disease

SHAPPY Valentines Day! prone to atherosclerosis, high
As you give a gift from your blood pressure, diabetes, and
heart today, remember it is a therefore coronary heart djs-
pod time to check up on ease. Eat a diet low in satire "
our own. Heart disease is the rated fats and cholesterol. Eab'
number one killer in the less sugar. Quit smoking.',
Bahamas and it is important Lose weight. Exercise 30 min-
to know what you can do to utes at least three times per
lower your risks and avoid week.
heart disease. Reduce the harmful effects
Have your blood pressure of stress Stress hds beer
checked during each office linked to elevated blood'pres-
visit and make sure you keep sure, among other health,
it under control. If you problems. Get
smoke, quit. Nicotine con- ical checkups.

stricts blood flow to the heart,
decreases oxygen supply to
the heart, and seems to play a
significant role in the devel-
opment of coronary artery
SAsk your doctor to check
you for diabetes. Maintain a
normal body weight. People
who are obese are more

For more information on
heart disease, attend the Doc-
tors Hospital Distinguished
Lecture Series, featuring D1'
Delton Farqiharson. Vdscul
lar Surgeon on Thursda y,
February 16, at 6pm.
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to quit?

QUITTING smoking is not easy.
Nicotine withdrawal can cause
symptoms such as nausea (feeling
sick), headaches, anxiety, irritabili-
ty, craving and just feeling awful.
But if you have tried before and
failed, don't despair. People who
keep trying often succeed.
"Research has helped us to
understand that for an individual
to successfully stop smoking, a mul-
ti-disciplinary approach is the best.
Support groups, counseling, nico-
tine replacement and prescription
medication by your physician," Dr
Graham Cates of the Family Med-
icine Center said.
Below are some tips from Dr
Cates which may help you in your
quest to quit:
Write a list of all the reasons
why you want to quit smoking and
keep them with you. Refer to them
when tempted to light up.
Set a date to quit and stop
completely. Some people prefer the
idea of cutting down gradually.
However, research has shown that if
less cigarettes than usual are
smoked, more of each is smoked
and nicotine levels remain nearly
the same. Therefore, for most peo-
ple it is best to stop 'cold turkey'
once you have decided on a date.
Tell everyone. Friends and fam-
ily often give support and may help
you to stick to your resolution.
Get rid of ashtrays, lighters and
all cigarettes.
Be aware of the situations in
which you are most likely to want to
smoke (for example, the bar). Try
changing your routine for the first
few weeks. If drinking tea and cof-
fee are difficult times, try drinking
mainly fruit juice and plenty of
Take one day at a time. Mark
off each successful day on a calen-
dar. Look at it when you feel tempt-
ed to smoke and tell yourself you
don't want to start all over again.
Be positive. You can now tell
people you don't smoke. "You will
smell better and after a few weeks
you should feel better, taste your
food more and cough less. You will
have more money to spend on oth-
er things. It is worth putting away
the money you would have spent
on cigarettes for special treats," Dr
Cates noted.
Diet. Many people worry about
gaining weight when giving up
smoking, as the appetite may
improve. Appreciate your increase
in appetite and try not to increase
fatty or sugary foods as snacks, Try
sugar-free gum and fruit instead,
Don't despair if you fail and
have a cigarette. You don't have to
start smoking again. Pick yourself
up and try again. Examine the rea-
sons why you felt it to be more dif-
ficult at that particular time. It will
make you stronger next time.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
is effective if withdrawal symptoms
are troublesome. Nicotine gum,
sprays, patches, tablets and inhalers
are available. Using one of these
roughly doubles the chances of suc-
cess in quitting smoking in people
who really want to stop. (A phar-
macist, GP or nurse practitioner
can advise about these).
Medication called bupropion
(trade name 'Zyban') also rough-
ly doubles the chances of success
in quitting smoking in people who
really 'want to stop. It helps reduce
the symptoms of nicotine with-
drawal, It may be prescribed by
your GP if you are determined to
stop, but are finding it very diffi-

'Even one person who

smokes is too many'

Tribune Feature Writer
Smokers in the Bahamas may not be breath-
ing so easy with news of the latest scientif-
ic study regarding smoking and lung cancer.
Giving them a lot more to think about
when it comes to their health, is a recent
study suggesting that blacks are much more likely
than whites to get lung cancer from smoking ciga-
While smoking cigarettes may not be a major prob-
lem in the Bahamas, due to the apparent small num-
ber of persons who smoke on a regular basis, it is an
issue nonetheless. Dr Graham Cates, a physician at the
Family Medicine Center told Tribune Health, that
even one person who smokes is too many.
"Few persons in the Bahamas are regular smokers.
We have more social smokers...But one person who
smokes is one person to many because of the serious
health risks associated with smoking. Unfortunately, it
not only affects the smoker, but those persons who
inhale the second hand smoke, that is, children, spous-
es or work colleagues."
The comprehensive study, which was published in
the New England Journal of Medicine last month,

has been causing quite a stir in the medical community,
as its findings suggest that the affect of smoking on the
lungs may be a situation of genetics, with blacks being
one of the more susceptible of all ethnic groups.
After the completion of the eight-year study of
more than 183,000 people living in California or
Hawaii, researchers concluded that blacks and Hawai-
ians are about 55 per cent more likely than whites to
develop lung cancer from light to moderate smoking,
that is those persons that smoked less than a pack of
cigarettes per day. Japanese-Americans and Latinos
were also about 50 per cent less likely than whites to
develop cancer.
The differences disappeared however, among those
who smoked more than a pack a day, because the
toxicity of smoking at high levels overwhelmed other
factors, researchers noted.
Though the study does not rule out the possibility
that the findings could have been the result of some
unidentified environmental difference, there is an
argument that blacks tend to be biologically predis-
posed to react differently to nicotine or to the cancer-
causing chemicals in tobacco smoke. There may also be
differences in how black people metabolize nicotine.
which would influence smoking behaviors.such as the.
depth and frequency of inhalation of tobacco smoke.

I UNDER the supervision of biology teacher Marcia Musgrove, 12th grade students of C V Beth
,School got a good look into the healthcare profession during a tour of Doctors Hospital. Here, Marcia M
in fiont) is shown with the students and Elizabeth Grant (far right in front), training officer at the hosp

Beach weddings are romv

FROM page 1C
The big thing to consider however,
when planning for that special day is
weather, said Ms Fox. "We live in the
Bahamas, and that's sun and rain. You
would be giving up the protection of the
church building. The weather makes it dif-
ficult to give a month when it would be
best for a beach wedding because there are
the hurricanes in the summer and spring
months can be very rainy," Ms Fox noted.
But she has found that July is usually the
safest month to plan a beach wedding.
Not only will the couple have to con-
sider hot summer weather, they will also
have to have a contingency plan in place in

case of rain,
Luckily for the Cargills, the day of their
wedding the weather was great, with sun-
shine and warm temperatures and just
enough cloud cover so it wasn't scorch-
ing hot.
Mrs Watson-Cargill says that planning
her wedding was no different, or no more
difficult than producing a standard wed-
ding. In fact, she believes that having her
ceremony on the beach, allowed for more
excitement and creative freedom.
"In planning any wedding, there is a lot
you have to go through, but I was free to
do whatever I wanted. I didn't have any
constraints. You know sometimes when
you are in a church, you're only allowed to
do certain things. There is always some-

body telling you wha
should do. But here
ever I wanted."
And while she ackr
Bahamian woman ha
preferences, Mrs Wat
the beauty and romf
vows under the ope
more satisfying.
"It's just natural b
plicity of it all. And
waters. We have bei
It's just something th
love for that should b
lot of people just thi
the beach all the tir
have my wedding th
there for you to use."

"This research is very interesting," said Dr Cates.'"I
am very excited about further research to see if it cgn
be definitively confirmed. I believe that there are
many things about the human body that we do not yet
understand and this is why we need to continue tjhe
research on the development for disease and howw '
can prevent them or cure them," he noted.
Though pre\viou.: studies indicate that smoking pps:
es varying degrees of risk to people from different
ethnic backgrounds, the size and sophistication of this
study, being published in a reputable medical journal,
makes the findings all the more convincing. ,
Though only geared to smoking and lung cancer, the
findings of the study also provide a new perspective ,..
the broader debate about whether or not race is impor-
tant in understanding why some people are more
prone to certain diseases than others, and whether
treatments for all diseases should be tailored to racial
and ethnic groups.
According to Dr Cates, race. is one of the factors to
be taken into consideration. "I do believe raceis one
of the factors that increases the risk of an individual to
certain diseases. Environment and social factors are
also important. For example we clearly know that-
Airo-Caribbean's are at greater risk of developing
hypertension or diabetes. This is a well documented
!, fact. All factors must be taking
into consideration when look,.
ing at the development of il-.
nesses," he told Tribune Health;,
In the study, the differences
l between racial groups persist-
ed even after researchers took
into consideration factors such
as diet, socioeconomic status
and occupation.
Proponents of the importance
of racial differences hailed the
findings of the study as strong
evidence that biological differ--
ences among races can be sig--
nificant, making it vital that fur-
ther research focus on these
genetic variations. Skeptics,
however, say that the study
could fuel racial stereotyping
and divert attention from envi-
ronmental and social factors
that are probably far more
important that following genet-
ic differences.
While any amount of smok-
ing can predispose an individ-
ual of any ethnic group to lung
cancer, Dr Cates noted that the
more you smoke and the longer
you smoke, the more likely you
are to develop lung cancer. And
not only lung cancer, but cancer
of the mouth, throat and esoph-
agus (swallowing tube).
Lung cancer may not be as
talked about in the Bahamas:as
much as breast or prostate can-
cer, but it does affect the popu-
lation. Statistics from the
Department of PublicHealth's
Health Information Unit, shoiv
el Senior High a rate of lung cancer deaths that
usgrove (far left has not fluctuated in recent
pital. years. In 1999, there were 22
deaths (14 men and 8 women)
from malignant neoplasms.of
Trachea, Bronchus and Lungs.
These deaths accounted for 8j9
1.4 per cent of all deaths in the
er cent of cancer deatBah amas.
In 2000, there were 23 (four-
teen men, nine women) deaths
t to do, or what yoi from such cancers, accounting
I basically did what- for 10.3 percent of all cancer
deaths, and 1.4 per cent of
towledges that every deaths in the country,
as her own wedding The number of lung caricer
tson-Cargill said that deaths dropped to 19. in 2002,
ance of exchanging but skyrocketed to 34 (twenty-
n sky could not be six males and eight females) by
2003, accounting for 2.1 per cent
beauty and the sim- of all deaths in the country.
then the beach, the While these statistics do, not
dutiful waters here. necessarily reflect the number
tat as a Bahamian a of persons who developed lung
'e instilled in you. A cancer as a result of smoking,
ink that 'oh I go to they do presents some disturb-
ne, I don't want to ing statistics nonetheless,,-and
ere'. But it's really give those who smoke, some-
thing to think about.

FROM page 3C

Do not smoke and if you do, quit
Smoking significantly increases the risk of heart
attacks and heart failure. Quitting smoking reduces
your cardiovascular risk significantly. For women
who smoke and take the pill, please quit smoking.
It increases your risk for heart problems.
So, kick the butt this Valentine's!
Spread the love!
As Valentine's is the season of love, being loved,
whether by friends, family or a partner, helps to
keep us healthy and is particularly good for our
hearts," says Dr Elinor Wilson of the World Heart
Federation. Being loved reduces your level of
stress and anxiety, so enjoy it! So settle the score
and get rid of anger, resentment and jealousy.
And laugh! Laughter and happiness are good for
So, what additional gifts can you give at Valen-

tine's that will contribute to a healthy heart?
Dark chocolate? Some experts say that com-
pounds in dark chocolate called flavonoids reduce
the stickiness of platelets cytoplasmic bodies
found in the blood plasma. This inhibits blood
clotting and reduces the danger of coronary artery
However, while there are many potential bene-
fits from eating chocolate there is a limit to how
much we should eat. "Just like most foods, eating
chocolate in moderation can have benefits but,
it's full of calories from fats and sugars, so we've
got to be very careful not to eat too much,"
explains Dr Rubenfire of the University of Michi-
gan. Dr Rubenfire notes that chocolate is rela-
tively high in fat and dark chocolate is high in sat-
urated fat.
A dental visit. Oral bacteria has been associat-
ed with heart disease, according to the American
Dental Association. Therefore, it is important that
we get regular dental checkups where we get our
teeth cleaned and be sure to use good toothbrushes

and floss.
A heart-healthy cookbook. Experiment with
new, tasty and healthy recipes. Your heart will
love you for it!
Red wine? The American Heart Association
says that red wine may be associated with reduced
mortality from heart disease. Flavonoids and oth-
er components found in red wine have been shown
to reduce heart disease risks.
However, studies show that this only occurs
when 100ml-200ml of red wine is consumed, but
the effect seems to involve men over the age of 50.
Additionally, when more than this amount is con-
sumed, the mortality rate due to cardiovascular dis-
ease increases, and many other disorders are fos-
tered. The ingredient in wine that gives it its ben-
eficial effect is phenolic flavanoids, which are
found in the grape skin.
Therefore eating the grapes themselves or drink-

ing its juice is much more healthful for the heart
and the entire body.
"Stress-reduction" gifts. To help your Valen-
tine relieve stress, which has been shown to trigger
a lack of blood flow to the heart, listen to soothing
music, get a massage, or engage in some type-of
relaxation activity.
It is especially important that during Valen-
tine's we take good care of our hearts. Belinda
Linden, cardiac nurse advisor of the British Heart
Foundation, reported that, "On Valentine's Day
alone, around 500 people will die of some form of
heart-related condition."
This Valentine's Day let us think outside the
box and give gifts that will keep giving for years to
come a healthy heart.
Happy Valentine's Day from the Lighten Up &
Live Healthy team.
SProvided by Adelma Penn, Camelta Barnes
and Shandera Smith, Nutritionists from the
Department of Public /Health Ministry of Health

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